News Column: COASTAL CURRENTS
Submitted: February 19, 2014
Alan Matherne, Coastal, Fisheries, & Wildlife Outreach Specialist
Terrebonne, Lafourche, and Assumption Parishes; Louisiana Sea Grant / LSU AgCenter
Louisiana Fisheries 2014 — A summit for the Louisiana commercial fishing and seafood industry
The second annual Louisiana Fisheries Summit will held at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center on Wednesday, March 12 and Thursday, March 13. Once again, hundreds of commercial fishermen, seafood dealers, processors and others from across the state will congregate in Houma to participate in the Gulf South’s premier commercial fishing and seafood industry event.
Last year’s event was well received with nearly three hundred people attending the first day and over two hundred the second. Subsequently, due to popular demand, we’ve increased the capacity to be able to accommodate nearly four hundred attendees this year.
Louisiana Fisheries 2014 will provide participants the opportunity to learn about the latest updates, techniques, and programs concerning commercial fishing and seafood production. Two days, two different programs, plus a Trade Show and Dock Day will be provided this year.
The seminars will feature expert speakers from across the country discussing topics including: fisheries/seafood industry status & updates, research & development, compensation funds, sustainability & certification, business development & opportunities, enhancement programs, marketing, refrigeration, financing, shipping, lubricants, fuel flow meters, outboards, professionalization programs, and more.
Held concurrent to the seminars, the trade show will feature organizations and vendors displaying various products and services of interest to those involved in commercial fishing and the seafood industry.
Finally, the summit will conclude with a “Dock Day” on the afternoon of March 13. Modeled after the highly successful agricultural field days, this part of the program will occur in the Civic Center parking lot and will involve actual demonstrations of innovative gear, processes, and technologies including: refrigeration systems, lubricants, LNG & CNG fuel, propane & natural gas engines, fuel flow meters, vacuum packaging, trawling systems, and fishing vessel safety.
In addition to the seminar, trade show, and dock day programs, this event will afford a great opportunity for those involved in the various fisheries and seafood industry sectors to be able to network with one another, make new business contacts, and expand horizons … All with a vision and purpose of increasing business efficiencies and profitability.
Sponsored by Louisiana Sea Grant and the LSU AgCenter, in cooperation with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Louisiana Fisheries 2014 is an educational and networking opportunity tailored for and targeted towards individuals involved in Louisiana’s commercial fishing and seafood industry. Registration is free and can be completed by going to LouisianaFisheries.com or by visiting BayouLog.com and clicking on the “Louisiana Fisheries” link. The latest agenda and more information concerning the event can also be found there. Space is limited and available on a “first come, first serve” basis. Therefore, anyone interested in attending this event is encouraged to register early.
Alan Matherne is the Louisiana Sea Grant / LSU AgCenter Coastal, Fisheries, & Wildlife Outreach Specialist for Terrebonne, Lafourche, and Assumption parishes. He is also Project Leader for the Louisiana Fisheries Summit and can be contacted at 985-873-6495 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.