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Cameron Shrimp Summit
The current shrimp crisis was the focus of a Shrimp Summit held in Cameron on Sept. 16, 2009.

Since the early 1980s, global production of shrimp has increased dramatically, especially aquaculture produced shrimp. World production (both aquaculture and wild capture) of shrimp expanded from 3.4 billion pounds in 1980 to 13.4 billion pounds in 2005. To put this into perspective, Louisiana’s average annual shrimp production is approximately 100 million pounds.

The summit, sponsored by Louisiana Sea Grant and the LSU AgCenter, featured representatives from the Louisiana Recovery Authority, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Integrated Marine Systems, Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board and the Cameron Parish Police Jury Office of Economic Development.

Watch & Listen to the Cameron Shrimp Summit
(1 hr, 52 min. video and audio)

Copies and recordings of their presentations are available at the links below.

Shrimp Industry Summit Agenda
September 16, 2009

Call to Order/Welcome – Kevin Savoie, LSU AgCenter/Sea Grant – View Presentation (228KB, PDF)
  • Recognition of political officials and brief comments
  • Chronology of imports, white spot, U.S. seafood consumption.
Current Situation and Status Jack Isaacs, Economist, LDWF – View Presentation (3.10MB, PDF)
  • Recent trends in landings, imports and price
Efforts to Improve Marketing Situation – Ewell Smith, Executive Director, Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board – View Presentation (4.46MB, PDF)
  • Marketing /Branding– Vertical Integration
    – Improves consumer confidence
    – Improves quality
    – Improves food Safety
Long term Plan for Stabilizing the La. Shrimp Industry – Doug Short, IMS – View Presentation (1.43MB, PDF)
  • Modifications to harvest, handling, and sanitation practices.
  • Long term project with long term benefits and stability.
  • New Gear technology. Cambered doors, high tech webbing.
  • Shortened tow times, small batch chilling using ice slush, onboard sanitation, onboard freezing, slurry ice.
Status of Local Fisheries Infrastructure Projects – Ernie Broussard, Economic Development Director, Cameron Parish
Short term Efforts to Address the Current Crisis – Kris Van Orsdell
  • Governor’s Shrimp Task Force
  • Other programs


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