The Port of Delcambre and Louisiana Direct Seafood (LDS) have partnered to take Delcambre’s monthly seafood and farmers’ market offerings from the dock to web browsers this summer. A variety of seafood items for consumers to purchase from the comfort of their homes will be available to the public through LouisianaDirectSeafoodShop.com as early as June 2018.
“During the markets, we’d always get asked ‘Do you ship? Can I purchase it here and have you ship it to my family in Virginia?’,” said Thomas Hymel, Louisiana Sea Grant and LSU AgCenter Extension agent and LDS project director. “It’s been an ongoing trend in the food industry to get seafood directly from the processor – an extension of the ‘farm to table’ movement. We offer the highest quality product which is certified authentic Louisiana seafood.”
Naturally, the next step was to place those offerings online.
The website will start with standard Louisiana seafood offerings, such as peeled shrimp, black drum and crab meat. Everything sold will be packaged frozen for shipping. The inventory will be updated with more unique and diverse seafood options over time.
Louisiana Direct Seafood is a partnership between Louisiana Sea Grant and the LSU AgCenter, funded by the Louisiana Office of Community Development and the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Council. The program’s primary mission is to help coastal fishermen connect with consumers and build community support for fresh, wild-caught seafood products. As a statewide entity, the program has regional ‘hubs’ in Delcambre, Cameron, Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes, and the Southshore of New Orleans.
The Louisiana Direct Seafood Shop is managed by the Port of Delcambre, in association with Louisiana Sea Grant.