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Mar 31, 2011 12:19 AM by Shawn Kline

Fresh seafood brought to you in new ways

Fishermen are looking to expand business through a new form of marketing. The new technique could mean cheaper seafood prices for you.

"We had about 20 to 25 fisherman lined up," LSU AgCenter Agent Mark Shirley said. "But when the oil spill happened, about half of those want to work in cleanup operations."

Shirley says last year they were celebrating the launch of the new website connecting customers directly to shrimpers.

"We were here selling our shrimp and our sales increased at least 10 percent last year," Cheryl Granger said.

Cheryl and "Big" Al Granger saw some of that increase come from 'Delcambre Direct Seafood.' It's part of portofdelcambre.com.

"It's advertising and that's what we need." Al Granger says, "we need to advertise our product."

"For the consumers, they get the price of their shrimp at about half of what they would at the supermarket." AgCenter Agent Thomas Hymel says, "for the shrimper. he gets about two and a half times as what is sold at the processor."

The success of the program has some fisherman asking for expansion; bringing in more shrimpers and even different seafood.

"We are looking to expand not only on shrimp." Shirley says, "but to crabs, finfish suppliers and oyster people so will have little more product available."

"Whether it's from us or someone else, buy fresh, buy local, buy from your fisherman," Granger said.

Shrimp season doesn't start until later this spring but all the names and numbers are on portofdelcambre.com if you want to pre-order some fresh off the boat and help your local seafood industry.

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