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 laterdirectseafood.com, 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

NOAA recently published a proposed rule that would implement a traceability plan to help combat IUU fishing. The program would seek to trace the origins of imported seafood by setting up reporting and filing procedures for products entering the U.S.

The traceability program would collect data on harvest, landing, and chain of custody of fish and fish products that have been identified as particularly vulnerable to IUU fishing and fraud.

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The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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