Field day at new Seafood Processing Demo Lab scheduled for Nov. 9

Thomas Hymel and Evelyn Watts of the LSU AgCenter and Sea Grant, stand next to equipment in the Seafood Processing Demonstration Lab in Jeanerette. (Photo courtesy of LSU AgCenter)
Thomas Hymel and Evelyn Watts of the LSU AgCenter and Sea Grant, stand next to equipment in the Seafood Processing Demonstration Lab in Jeanerette. (Photo courtesy of LSU AgCenter)

The LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant will hold a field day Nov. 9 at their recently opened Seafood Processing Demonstration Lab in Jeanerette.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 3 p.m., with lunch provided. The facility is located at the AgCenter Iberia Research Station, 603 LSU Bridge Road.

The lab — the only one of its kind in Louisiana — opened in July with the goal of helping potential and existing seafood processors explore opportunities and new concepts in processing, packaging and value-added seafood products. It features commercial processing equipment that is used for demonstration, training and research.

The field day will give attendees a chance to see the equipment and learn about educational and outreach programs.

The agenda for the day includes the following topics:

— Overview of the facility and future training opportunities

— Refrigeration equipment and techniques

— Seafood cleaning and cutting

— Packaging and labeling

— Freezing and storage

Specialized tools such as a flake ice machine, bandsaw, shrimp splitter, grinder, scales, vacuum packer, air freezing equipment and plate freezer will be showcased.

For more information, contact Thomas Hymel at THymel@agcenter.lsu.edu or Evelyn Watts at EGWatts@agcenter.lsu.edu.

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