Jul 17, 2013 6:45 PM by MELISSA CANONE

Seafood Exporting workshop in Abbeville, July 24th

A seafood and related products marketing and export workshop will take place on Wednesday, July 24th at the LSU Ag Center in Abbeville, LA, 1105 West Port Street. Seafood and trade experts from the industry as well as the US Department of Commerce, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Louisiana Sea Grant and the Southern U.S. Trade Association will be on hand to brief producers and wholesalers on how best to market a premium product at a premium price in the USA and overseas. Focus will be on exporting Louisiana seafood, fish, crawfish, alligator, value-added products and associated supplies, commodities and equipment. Participants will also learn techniques for developing an international business strategy while identifying the steps needed to find new consumers.

This event is part of a statewide tour that will take these experts to: Lake Charles on July 23rd, Abbeville on July 24th, Thibodaux on July 25th, Belle Chasse on July 30 and Chalmette on July 31.

Registration opens at 8 am, admission is free but pre-registration is required. A light lunch will be provided.

Congressman Charles W. Boustany, Jr., M.D., (R-South Louisiana) issued the following statement ahead of the series beginning next week:

"The Gulf Coast of Louisiana is known for its authentic food and culture. A large part of that is due to our entire region cherishing Louisiana seafood. By promoting the Louisiana Seafood Exporting 101 courses, we are expanding the footprint Louisiana makes on the rest of the world." Boustany continued, "These free courses will be offered across South Louisiana in conjunction with numerous economic development entities and industry leaders such as the LSU Agricultural Center. I encourage all local businesses interested in exporting Louisiana seafood abroad to take advantage of this opportunity to learn new strategies from our state's leading experts."

"The growth in metro exports is not just about big companies," said Donald van de Werken, Director of the U.S. Commercial Service Export Assistance Center in New Orleans. "In fact, 98 percent of all U.S. exporters are small and medium-sized firms, and our office continues to focus on local businesses as they look to strengthen their bottom line by making new sales abroad. We're here to help businesses realize that potential."

For more information or to register for this free workshop, please contact Marisol Canedo, Project Director, at (504) 722-7894 or via e-mail
or Vanessa Paredes, International Trade Specialist, Le Centre International de Lafayette, at (337) 291-5474 or by email at


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