Sea Grant agents and faculty use applied research and technology transfer to promote the development of about 350 seafood processing firms in Louisiana. Most of these are too small to make large investments in research and development to address concerns such as product quality and safety, processing technology and secondary product development.
In addition to these issues, agents and specialists play a major role in training seafood processors to meet new sanitation requirements.
Louisiana Direct Seafood
Louisiana Direct Seafood is a marketing initiative that helps coastal fishermen connect with consumers, and build community support for fresh, wild-caught seafood products. The benefits of the sea-to-plate concept are two-fold: fishermen thrive by selling their catch at a fair price, and consumers experience the superior taste and texture of freshly caught seafood. This initiative is also focused on quality business practices, working with fishermen to deliver a superior, sustainable product that meets rigorous standards and preserves our fisheries for generations to come.
Louisiana Fisheries Forward
Louisiana Fisheries Forward (LFF) is a voluntary educational program for members of the commercial seafood community. LFF was established with the goal of improving the economic success of Louisiana’s commercial fishing industry. It provides a structured mechanism to develop and deliver relevant and timely information to the seafood industry. Content is presented via the Internet, using training videos and fact sheets, and directly to communities with hands-on workshops, training days and demonstration projects that showcase new technology and best practice methods.
Seafood Demonstration Lab
A new facility located at the AgCenter’s Iberia Research Station in Jeanerette, for fishermen and small seafood processors to receive hands-on training with a variety of processing equipment. Large vacuum packing machines, meat grinders, fish skinners, flake ice machines, nano ice machines and modified atmosphere packaging machines are available for fishermen to learn to use. Additionally, safe seafood handling practices will be taught.