Seafood Month

19-Oct-2016

National Seafood Month

Promoting Seafood Month in October, Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, along with the head of the Louisiana Seafood Board, visited ports in Henderson and Delcambre as well as Ameripure Oysters in Franklin and a shrimp processing plant in Lafitte on Tuesday, October 18.

Speaking to a crowd at Delcambre’s Bayou Carlin Cove Boat Landing & Pavilion, Nungesser said that the purpose of the tour was to learn from fishermen, port authorities and others what the Lieutenant Governor’s office could do to further promote Louisiana seafood. One initiative he stressed is the importance of petitioning for the inspection of imported shrimp at the local level to maintain quality control.

For Nungesser, who grew up in the seafood industry working in his family’s shrimp canning company in Algiers, LA, the pursuit to see this industry survive and grow is personal.

However, this year has been a particular challenge for the shrimp industry, with a wetter than normal summer and flooding in August bringing in fresh water and driving shrimp out. Director of the Port of Delcambre Wendell Verret told Nungesser that shrimp production is down nearly 50 percent, from 350,000 lbs. harvested in 2015 to almost 200,000 lbs. to date. “We’re trying to keep fishermen here,” he says. “So, we have to capitalize on our resources, working with the non-profit organization Sea Grant, and other ports as well as companies like McIlhenny Tabasco to expand tourism; we are a network operation and rely on the help of our partners.”

Thomas Hymel, with LSU Agriculture Center and Louisiana Sea Grant, is a marine agent who has shown the effectiveness of networking. “We help the small producers turn their food into a branded product,” he says, citing most recent branded products like Vermilion Sweet Bay Shrimp, Black Drum fish packaged and sold out of state and shrimp “plate frozen” and packaged on boats for optimum freshness. “We help add value to our already great products,” says Hymel.

As head of the Dept. of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, the lieutenant governor promotes tourism across the state and with the seafood industry a department under his charge, he is a committed ambassador.

This year, the National Park Service is celebrating its 100th anniversary and Nungesser says that his office is promoting the great outdoors of Louisiana as they develop tourism.

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