First La. certified seafood product unveiled
Representatives with the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board (LSPMB) and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) joined Louisiana seafood industry leaders this week to announced the Vermilion Bay Sweet White Shrimp Gumbo Pack, from Delcambre Direct Seafood, as one of the first products to carry the Certified Authentic Louisiana Wild Seafood package seal.
The voluntary Louisiana Seafood Certification Program guarantees that all Louisiana seafood bearing the Certified Authentic Louisiana Wild Seafood label is caught in the Gulf of Mexico or Gulf Coast state waters by Louisiana licensed fishermen and is landed, processed, and packaged in Louisiana.
The Vermilion Bay Sweet brand is currently available locally in grocery stores and online via CajunGrocer.com.
“Participation is open to all fishermen, docks, dealers, processors, and retailers who meet the program requirements,” said Randy Pausina, LDWF assistant secretary. “Our department, working with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, will make certain that participants adhere to the guidelines and maintain the standards of the Certified Authentic Louisiana Wild Seafood program.”
“Consumers want to know where their seafood comes from and when they see the certification label, they know they are getting the very finest, freshest, and best-tasting wild-caught seafood in the world,” said Ewell Smith, LSPMB executive director.