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Area shrimpers' dock day will extend learning opportunities

Area shrimpers' dock day will extend learning opportunities

Educational extension services provide information and outreach to various audiences in many creative and non-traditional ways. Agricultural extension realized years ago that farmers tended to learn and adopt recommended practices better if they were presented in a hands-on “field” environment.

Thus, “field days” have been and still are used as an important educational tool for the LSU AgCenter. Louisiana Sea Grant and the LSU AgCenter, in cooperation with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, has extended and adopted this concept in the facilitation of coastal fishery “dock days”.

An area Louisiana Fisheries Forward “Shrimp Fisheries Dock Day” will be held at the Larose Regional Park and Civic Center Pavilion (307 East 5th Street) beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 5.

This event will offer industry updates and hands-on demonstrations. It is designed to help keep area commercial fishermen up to date on new technology, best practices for quality and handling, and safety news and regulations.

Workshop topics to be covered include: Updates and statistics on the shrimp industry; TEDs, shark guards and gear modification; refrigeration and freezing best practices including -- plate freezing demonstrations, new technology equipment displays, brine tank charging and testing methods; Coast Guard fishing vessel safety demos; and new marketing and outreach techniques.

New for this dock day is Louisiana Fisheries Forward’s just completed refrigeration and freezing technologies mobile trailer unit. Custom built by local refrigeration experts, housed aboard this trailer are self-contained plate and brine freezing units as well as other refrigeration devices. Fishermen will be able to get onto the trailer and experience first-hand how these refrigeration technologies work. Actual demonstrations with real seafood products will be conducted.

This event, produced by the Louisiana Fisheries Forward program, will help shrimp fishermen better understand shrimp industry trends, refrigeration and freezing technology, and best handling methods -- enabling them to better produce a safe, select Louisiana quality shrimp product.

More information concerning Louisiana Fisheries Forward and the programs being developed for Louisiana’s commercial fishing and seafood industry can be found at the website lafisheriesforward.org.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided at the Shrimp Fisheries Dock Day. The program is free and open to all interested persons and registration is not required.

For more information as it develops about this program, including flyers and agendas for the meetings, just go to bayoulog.com.

Also, all those interested in current developments, trends, and discussions surrounding fisheries in Louisiana may want to check out and join our Louisiana Fisheries Facebook group at facebook.com/groups/215555731880124 (or just search for Louisiana Fisheries in Facebook).

Alan Matherne is the Louisiana Sea Grant / LSU AgCenter Marine Extension Agent specializing in Coastal, Fisheries, & Wildlife Outreach for Terrebonne, Lafourche, and Assumption parishes. He can be contacted at 985-873-6495 or amatherne@agcenter.lsu.edu. His articles and blogs are posted at bayoulog.com. You can "Friend" him on Facebook at facebook.com/alan.matherne and follow his "Tweets" on Twitter at twitter.com/amatherne.