Crawfish and oil … no, not the ingredients to a fresh new seafood recipe, but rather, the topics of two upcoming meetings that may be of interest to area farmers and other residents.
We’re about midway into this year’s crawfish season. And with nearly four million pounds of farm raised crawfish produced annually from the tri-parish area of Assumption, Lafourche, and Terrebonne, there is always interest in maximizing the efficiency of current operations and also expanding and starting new ones.
To that end, the LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant produce, bi-annually, a workshop for area crawfish producers and others interested in crawfish production techniques and technologies.
Producing Crawfish 2015 will be held Tuesday, March 24 at the LSU AgCenter building located at 115 Texas Street in Raceland.
This educational workshop for crawfish producers will begin at 6:00 p.m. and is open to all persons interested in crawfish farming.
Topics to be covered will include: crawfish production & management practices, water quality & aerations systems, forages & forage management, and crawfish biology.
This meeting is also a great opportunity for crawfish producers and others to network and exchange ideas. The meeting is free and open to the public.
Now for the oily part of this article: Following the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, much money and research effort has been dedicated to determining the effects of the spill to the area’s natural environments. LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant researchers will be conducting a public outreach meeting for local residents to discuss oil spill toxicology, surfactants, and other relevant topics.
This meeting will be held at the Houma Main Library (151 Library Drive) on Thursday, March 26, beginning at 6:00 p.m. This meeting is also free and open to the public.
For more information about these programs, including flyers and agendas for the meetings, just go to bayoulog.com.
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 email@example.com. 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.
Posted on Tue, March 17, 2015
by Alan Matherne, Coastal, Fisheries, & Wildlife Outreach Specialist Louisiana Sea Grant / LSU AgCenter