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Sunday, July 21, 2019

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Dock and field days help to extend learning opportunities

Dock and field days help to 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, in cooperation with the LSU AgCenter, has extended and adopted this concept in the facilitation of coastal fishery “dock days”.

Two important dock and field day events are scheduled for Wednesday, April 22 and Thursday, April 23. An area Louisiana Fisheries Forward Shrimp & Crab Fisheries dock day will be held at the Larose Regional Park and Civic Center Pavilion beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 22.

Managing Wildlife 2015, a field day for land owners, managers, and others involved in wildlife management will be held the following day on Thursday, April 23 at the LSU AgCenter building in Raceland. This program will begin at 3:00 p.m.

Both programs are free and open to the public.

Wednesday’s dock day will offer industry updates and hands-on demonstrations. It is designed to keep Lafourche and Terrebonne area commercial fishermen up to date on new technology, best practices for quality and handling, and safety news and regulations.

Specific topics to be covered include: fishery task force updates; TEDs, shark guards and gear modifications; quality shrimp and LaTer Direct Seafood; boat freezer applications; shrimp and crab updates and statistics; US Coast Guard safety demonstration; using refractometers with brine tanks; and a nano-ice machine demonstration.
Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Thursday’s wildlife field day will feature discussions concerning wildlife forage planting recommendations relative to a demonstration food plot containing thirteen varieties of seed and seed mixtures.

Also covered will be: soil sampling and fertilizer application; small scale food plots and nuisance animal control; 2014-15 harvest summary; Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries private lands program; DMAP overview; managing habitat for native browse and browse survey demonstration; and a drone demonstration.
Both programs are free and open to all interested persons and registration is not required. For more information about these programs, including flyers and agendas for the meetings, just go 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