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Shrimp certification program created

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Posted: Jun 8, 2010 5:49 AM by Andrea Fontenot
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: program, market, certify, Louisiana, wild, shrimp, bills, session, legislature, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Louisiana Wild Seafood Certification Program, seafood

A program to market and certify Louisiana's wild-caught shrimp will be created and funded by two
bills that have received final legislative passage.

The branding campaign is designed to help the state's ailing shrimp industry, which has complained about foreign shrimp flooding the market.

The bills backed by Gov. Bobby Jindal won final passage Monday.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will oversee the Louisiana Wild Seafood Certification Program.

Any product falsely sold as Louisiana shrimp will be removed from the market.

The program will include subsidies to seafood harvesters and processors to help them with the certification requirements.

The money will come from a fund created to help with the construction of artificial reefs for fishermen.

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