National Fisherman

Selling shrimp at the dock or by the roadside out of the back of a truck might not bring to mind e-commerce. But there is no reason Internet marketing can't help out one of the local region's oldest livelihoods.

The LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant have teamed up to create the website, which will be available to local shrimpers and fishermen as a way to market their products.

On the other side of the coin, the website will offer people here and elsewhere the opportunity to buy fresh, local seafood straight from the source rather than going to the store and taking a chance on whether the seafood comes from here or from half a world away.

"Our goal is to help people access — and appreciate — the wonderful, fresh seafood available not just here in Lafourche-Terrebonne but across the coast of Louisiana," said Thomas Haydel, director of the effort. " 'Fresh Catch' messages will tell you what's new on the dock and how to place an order. You can sign up for a newsletter for the latest seafood updates, or 'like' us on Facebook. The websites offer a gateway to buy direct."

Read the full story at Houma Courier

Inside the Industry

NMFS has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.


Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.

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