Feb 26, 2013 2:18 PM by Kristen Holloway
For the second year in a row The Iberia Industrial Development Foundation will host its Direct Seafood Academy. It's all about education for area shrimpers. The two day seminar is put on by the Delcambre Direct Seafood an organization which connects shrimpers to consumers.
It's a way of life in Delcambre, and now Delcambre Direct Seafood is setting out to improve this way of life.
"We put together the Seafood Academy to really help bring our commercial fisherman to the next level, its so much going on in this industry and so many things they need to know about so thats what we focus on," said Director of Louisiana Seafood Direct Thomas Hymael.
In addition to the two day classes, later in March, there is a Dock Day scheduled on the Delcambre waterfront, with opportunities for hands-on learning.
"We have an agenda of a really top notch speakers bringing information to them that they need to really excel in this business. Shrimp netting material there, we're going to have special shrimp troll doors and we're going to have the Coast Guard there doing a rescue with a helicopter," said Hymael.
Hymael says shrimpers are hungry for new information every year but they really look forward to having a good time.
"It's all a great opportunity for the fisherman of our region to kind of come and get together. It's a lot of fun, most of them know each other and so they get to come there and socialize and get all tuned up with information in preparation for the upcoming season," said Hymael.
The Academy is held March 5th and 6th and Dock Day will be March 19th. If you would like to attend either event it's free to registrants who provide a valid Louisiana Commercial Fishing License and photo ID. Both events will be held at the Shrimp Festival Building on 411 East Main Street in Delcambre.