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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 Lab, a project of LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant (LSG), is modeled on the current LSU AgCenter Food Innovation Institute (FOODii) and operates in collaboration with LSU School of Nutrition and Food Sciences.

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

Monthly hands-on training classes now available in half-day sessions (20 person maximum):

 8:30 – 11:30 am – English      •      1:00 – 4:00 pm – Spanish 

GMP Food Handler

 ($50 per person) 

  • 4/18/2023 
  • 6/20/2023 

Hands-on Sanitation Food Handler

 ($75 per person) 

  • 3/21/2023 
  • 5/23/2023 
  • 7/11/2023 

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Contact: Celika Murphy

Dr. Evelyn Watts and Thomas Hymel, directors, standing next to equipment in the Seafood Processing Demonstration Lab
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