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Commercial fisherman, seafood industry summit slated for March 11

Commercial fisherman, seafood industry summit slated for March 11

Louisiana Fisheries Forward 2015, the third annual summit for Louisiana commercial fishermen and the seafood industry will held at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center on Wednesday, March 11. Once again, hundreds of commercial fishermen, seafood dealers, processors and others from across the state will congregate in Houma to participate in the Gulf South's premier commercial fishing and seafood industry event.

Last year's event was well received with hundreds of people from across the Gulf Coast attending. So once again, due to popular demand, we've increased the capacity to be able to accommodate even more attendees this year!

Louisiana Fisheries Forward 2015 will provide participants the opportunity to learn about the latest updates, techniques, and programs concerning commercial fishing and seafood production. All this condensed into one full day of workshop talks, live demonstrations, and a full-featured trade show.

The talks will feature expert speakers from around the Gulf discussing topics including: upcoming LDWF programs, gear and bycatch information, how to handle violations, oyster fishery weights & measures, insuring against disaster, crab professionalism program, an update on black spot and additives research … and more.

Hands-on demonstrations will include: USCG safety/helicopter rescue, refrigeration repairs & maintenance, oyster fishery weights & measures, TED checking, the new wing trawling system … and more.

Held concurrent to the workshop and demonstrations, the trade show will feature organizations and vendors displaying various products and services of interest to those involved in commercial fishing and the seafood industry.

Special for this year will be a live, on-site demonstration by a U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue helicopter team. Also, Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne will provide an update on progress being made by the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board in getting the word out about our great Louisiana wild caught seafood products.

Also new this year will be a “Fishermen’s Input Session” which will provide attendees the opportunity to interact with the program and provide live, anonymous information and opinions concerning fisheries and seafood issues.

In addition to the seminar, trade show, and dock day programs, this event will afford a great opportunity for those involved in the various fisheries and seafood industry sectors to be able to network with one another, make new business contacts, and expand horizons … All with a vision and purpose of increasing business efficiencies and profitability.

Produced by Louisiana Sea Grant, the LSU AgCenter, and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Louisiana Fisheries Forward 2015 is an educational and networking opportunity tailored for and targeted towards individuals involved in Louisiana's commercial fishing and seafood industry.

Advanced registration, though not required, is encouraged and can be completed by going to The latest flyer and more information concerning the event can also be found there.

There is no charge to participate and a lunch will be provided complements of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board.

Space and resources may be limited though, so anyone interested in attending this event is encouraged to register early. Inquiries concerning more information and questions about the summit should be directed to

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 His articles and blogs are posted at You can "Friend" him on Facebook at and follow his "Tweets" on Twitter at