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."

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