Louisiana Sea Grant

Second Round Alternative Oyster Culture Grant Recipients Announced

shucked cage grown oyster in gloved hand

The second round of Alternative Oyster Culture (AOC) grants, totaling $465,000, have been announced. Thirteen grants were awarded to: Ryan Anderson, for a grow-out farm Albert Besson, dba Barataria Beauties Oyster Company, for a grow-out farm Michael “Laine” Fontenot, Gulf of Mexico Tuna Company, for a grow-out farm Khai Dang,…

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Register NOW for Summit, Early Bird Prize Drawing

vendor booths set up at Pontchartrain Center at Summit 2020

The Louisiana seafood industry is working to Recover + Rebuild + Reinvent post COVID and hurricanes. You’re getting back to business, and it’s the perfect time to catch up on what’s new at the Louisiana Fisheries Forward Summit on March 1, 2023, at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner. REGISTER NOW for an Early Bird Drawing — We are giving…

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LDWF: 2023 Derelict Crab Trap Cleanup Event; Volunteers and Sponsors Needed

People returning derlict crab traps

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will host its annual Derelict Crab Trap Rodeo volunteer cleanup event this February.  LDWF encourages volunteers and sponsors to participate in these events to make the crab trap rodeos successful in 2023 and keep our Sportsman’s Paradise pristine. Volunteers Volunteers will help…

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New Cameron Alternative Oyster Culture Park under Development, Now Accepting Grow-out Farm Applicants

LA Fisheries Forward caged oysters

The Cameron Parish Port, Harbor and Terminal District has been selected for an Alternative Oyster Culture (AOC) grant in the amount of $100,000 to establish a new, 48-acre oyster Park at the southern end of Calcasieu Lake. The Port Commission recently approved the establishment of said Park and encourages potential…

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Second Round of Alternative Oyster Culture Grant Applications Open Now

oyster farm at Sea Grant hatchery

The second round of Alternative Oyster Culture (AOC) grant applications will open May 6, 2022; the closing deadline for grow-out and nurseries is June 9 and for parks and hatcheries July 7. Applications can be found at www.laseafoodfuture.com/aoc, as well as a press release announcing the applicants selected in the first…

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LDWF Begins Online Ordering for Oyster Hatchery Larvae

two eyed larvae as viewed under microscope

Beginning at 8 a.m. April 19, 2022, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will be opening its online ordering portal to provide the oyster industry with hatchery-reared oyster larvae produced at the Michael C. Voisin Oyster Hatchery. Requests will only be taken via the online ordering portal and…

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As Derelict Crab Trap Cleanup Events Approach, Volunteers are Still Needed

Boat full of recovered abandoned traps.

Time is running out to sign up to participate in the 2022 derelict crab trap rodeo events.  Two events are scheduled for this year: one in the Barataria Basin and one in the Calcasieu Basin (more details below). These rodeo events allow LDWF and members of the public to work…

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Study: 2020-21 hurricanes caused $579 million of damage to LA fishing industry

NOAA satellite image of Hurricane Ida, August 28, 2021

Hurricanes Laura, Delta, Zeta, and Ida, which swept through Louisiana during various points in 2020 and 2021, resulted in an estimated $579 million in losses to the state’s fisheries infrastructure, revenues, and biological resources, according to a study by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, LSU and Louisiana Sea…

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Alternative Oyster Culture Grant Applications Accepted through Jan. 13

oyster farm

The first round of Alternative Oyster Culture (AOC) grant applications will open Dec. 8. 2021, and close Jan. 13, 2022. Applications can be found at www.laseafoodfuture.com/aoc. A public meeting to review eligibility and the scoring process will be held Dec. 16, 2021, at 6 p.m. via Zoom; register by Dec. 15 at http://lsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dhghhTIt4pOlgJo….

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