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Louisiana Fisheries Forward Summit 2020

Commercial fishermen, dock owners and processors will have the opportunity to learn about issues facing their industry at the Louisiana Fisheries Forward Summit, Wednesday, March 11 at the Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd., Kenner. Admission is free, but advance registration is required for those wanting lunch.

This expo is the state’s premier commercial fishing and seafood industry event, attracting hundreds of commercial fishermen, seafood dealers, processors and others. Workshops will run throughout the day along with a trade show that will feature hands-on demonstrations about safety, innovative handling and processing equipment, gear and techniques.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • 2019 Freshwater Flooding Fisheries Disaster Declaration Update
  • Operational Plans for a Mid-Barataria Diversion Project
  • FDA Testing of Imported Seafood
  • Black Drum/Sheepshead Fishery Analysis
  • Seafood Labeling Requirements
  • Extending Crawfish and other Seafood Shelf Life
  • Importance of Oyster Hatcheries
  • How to Find and Purchase an Offshore Permit

“The world of seafood is rapidly evolving, and it can be overwhelming to stay up to date with changes while you’re trying to run a business,” said Thomas Hymel, Louisiana Fisheries Forward program director and marine Extension agent with Louisiana Sea Grant and the LSU AgCenter. “The Summit offers fishermen, dealers and processors critical information, the chance to view the latest and greatest tech, as well as networking opportunities.

“If you’re in the commercial fishing industry, you need to be here. More than 500 attended the Summit in 2018. Because attendance was so high, we’re taking up all the space at the Pontchartrain Center this year for a bigger and better 2020 Summit,” added Hymel.

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Produced by Louisiana Sea Grant, the LSU AgCenter and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries – with other industry partners – the Summit it is part of the Louisiana Fisheries Forward education initiative.