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Helping Fishermen and Processors Explore New Concepts, Opportunities in Processing and Packaging Seafood Products

At a time when the state’s seafood industry is under considerable duress from inflation, global imports, and natural disasters, the new Seafood Processing Demonstration Lab (SPDL) gives fishermen and seafood processors access to commercial food processing equipment for demonstration, training and research purposes. The goal is to help create new business opportunities by offering alternatives to low-priced commodity sales. Products created and developed at SPDL add value to both the fishery and the industry—improving resiliency.

The state’s only seafood-focused facility of its kind, SPDL houses commercial food processing equipment for demonstration, training and research purposes. The goal is to help potential and existing seafood processors explore opportunities and new concepts for processing, packaging and value-added seafood products.

Located at:  LSU AgCenter Iberia Research Station, 603 LSU Bridge Road, Jeanerette, LA

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SeafoodLab@agcenter.lsu.edu

337 276 5527

Upcoming Events
June 25-27, 2024
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Meat & Poultry HACCP

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July 29, 2024
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Sanitation Control Procedures for Fish and Fishery Products

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July 29, 2024
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Basic Seafood HACCP

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Beyond The Boat

-Seafood Field Day-

April 18, 2024. Chefs and seafood industry participated in the Science and Art of Seafood Smoking and By-Product Recovery Seafood Filed day. The Co-Director went from by-product recovery to creation of value added products from  undervalued fish species. Attendees learned about the science and the art of seafood smoking.

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LSU AgCenter Southwest Region ANR Agents visit BTB

March 20, 2024. LSU AgCenter Southwest Region ANR Agents visited the Seafood Processing Demonstration Lab.  Agents learned about economic relevance of Louisiana seafood industry and the LSU AgCenter and seafood lab efforts to support the industry providing education on value added, maintaining quality, and by-product recovery.

To learn more about the LSU AgCenter Southwest Region, click the button below.

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SPANISH Seafood HACCP

February 27-29, 2024. LSU AgCenter Seafood Processing Demonstration Lab hosted a 3 day Spanish Seafood Workshop at the LSU AgCenter St. Martin Cooperative Extension Office in Breaux Bridge. Eleven attendees from five different seafood companies attended the workshop.

To learn more about trainings available through the Seafood Lab, click the button below.

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Ag Leadership – LSU AgCenter

December 6, 2023. LSU AgCenter Ag Leadership learns about Louisiana Seafood Industry and Seafood Processing Demonstration Lab effort to support the local industry during Ag Leadership visit.

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Leadership Idaho Agriculture

November 13, 2023. Leadership Idaho Agriculture learned about Louisiana Seafood Industry during visit to the Seafood Processing Demonstration Lab -“Our final stop of the day was the LSU Extension Seafood Research Lab. Evelyn Watts and Ann Dugas, another LSU Ag Leadership Alumni, shared about how they are working with Louisiana fisherman…”

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Family and Consumer Sciences Field Faculty learn how to properly handle seafood to get the most of it

November 8, 2023. Understanding how to handle seafood can maintain quality and help prevent potential health issues. Agents with the LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant held a seminar…

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LSU AgCenter & LA Sea Grant hosts Seafood Field Day

November 9, 2022. The LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant held a field day at their recently opened Seafood Processing Demonstration Lab in Jeanerette.

The lab — the only one of its kind in Louisiana — opened in July with the goal of helping potential and existing seafood processors explore opportunities and new concepts in processing, packaging and value-added seafood products. It features commercial processing equipment that is used for demonstration, training and research.

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