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  • Restaurants stocked up ahead of first Friday of Lent check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 20, 2015 5:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It's the first Friday of Lent, and restaurants throughout the area were prepped and stocked up on seafood to meet the insatiable demand. Boiled, sautéed or fried to perfection, it's a top choice for those forgoing meet due to observance of the Catholic institution of Lent.... more »
  • Beloved restaurant closes doors for good check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 1, 2015 11:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE - It was a bittersweet day as Val's Marina closed it doors for good Saturday after the land was bought out by Livingston Parish to help ease flood insurance rates. It's been open for nearly 60 years in Maurepas, and the restaurant is known for its tasty... more »
  • State reopens Gulf waters affected by oil spill

    December 15, 2014 6:55 AM

    GRAND ISLE - Commercial fishermen are once again harvesting Gulf seafood off the coasts of Elmer's and Grand Terre islands, an area that's been closed due to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reopened state waters surrounding the islands, some of the areas... more »
  • California crawfish fill demand during fall months check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 17, 2014 3:36 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Crawfish season usually ends around July, but one Denham Springs seafood market has found a way to sell crawfish in the fall. Ron's Seafood on South Range Avenue gets live sacks of crawfish flown in from California in September to meet the demand for mud bugs.... more »
  • Oysters in short supply Play Video

    August 13, 2014 6:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The price of oysters may be going up for restaurants, but you may not pay the price difference. "The price is gradually starting to go up, they're probably about double what they were five years ago," said George Shaheen, the owner of Jones Creek Cafe. ... more »
  • Dardenne, seafood board set cook-off for August

    July 15, 2014 5:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La - The best seafood chef in the nation will be crowned Saturday, Aug. 2, in New Orleans when the 11th annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off is held. Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board on Monday announced the competition won last year... more »
  • Miss USA contestants get a taste of Baton Rouge

    May 30, 2014 11:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Contestants for the Miss USA pageant got up close and personal with some staples of Louisiana cuisine Friday. The contestants toured Tony's Seafood Friday morning, seeing how the Gulf's largest seafood market processes and sells 50,000 pounds of live and boiled crawfish in a single day.... more »
  • Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off Saturday

    May 21, 2014 5:45 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The 7th Annual Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off will be on Saturday and pits 10 chefs from top Louisiana restaurants competing for the coveted "King of Louisiana Seafood" title. Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board are hosting the event, which is part of... more »
  • Video of Winston's crab legs theft released check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 16, 2014 6:42 AM

    TALLAHASSEE, FL - Police have released the video of Heisman Trophy winner Jamies Winston's seafood theft that landed him in trouble. The Florida State University quarterback was issued a citation for shoplifting on April 29th. The video released by police shows Winston at the food of a Publix near... more »
  • Hotel Indigo's Seafood Ceviche check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 26, 2014 6:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Chef Brandon Caine and and Francis Grayson from Hotel Indigo returned to 2une In Wednesday for their final appearance as our March Chef of the Month. Chef Caine whipped up some of Hotel Indigo's Seafood Ceviche. Ingredients: 1/2 pound shrimp peeled and deveined 1/4 lbs... more »
  • Restaurants stock up for Lent, seafood prices high check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 6, 2014 10:11 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - Lenten season, the 40-day period leading up to Easter is observed by Catholics as a time to reflect and repent. It's also a time to fast from certain luxuries and meat on Fridays. Restaurants are busy preparing specials to accommodate those observing, and stocking up on supplies.... more »
  • Audit looks at seafood promotion board

    December 23, 2013 11:48 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A lack of strong oversight and record-keeping has been found in an audit of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board. The audit looked at a marketing campaign funded by BP following the 2010 gulf oil spill. It says the former executive director approved transactions... more »
  • Oyster prices up during shortage check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 20, 2013 5:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It will cost more to put oyster dressing on your plate this holiday season with oyster prices increasing during a shortage. Bill Pizzolato with Tony's Seafood says prices have increased by around 20 percent in the past few weeks due to a shortage in Louisiana waters.... more »
  • Baton Rouge Food Tours invade downtown check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 11, 2013 4:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Food Tours kicked off this month, and owner Kim Harper said the foodies are eating it up. Harper said it's a walking, guided tour which includes delicious tastings at local restaurants infused with fascinating historical and cultural stories. The tour is one mile... more »
  • Louisiana shrimp "red listed" by seafood program check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 12, 2013 3:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A seafood watch program "red listed" Louisiana shrimp and recommends that people avoid the shrimp for now. The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program recommends which seafood items are "best choices," "good alternatives" or items that people should "avoid." Shrimp caught and harvested in Louisiana... more »
  • Shrimpers head out for season's start

    August 12, 2013 10:18 AM

    GOLDEN MEADOW - Shrimpers across south Louisiana say they are ready for the start of the white shrimp season. About 60 percent of the shrimp harvested in the U.S. comes from the Gulf of Mexico. The total domestic shrimp harvest brought in $518 million in 2011. The Courier reports the... more »
  • Armed robbery suspect arrested

    July 16, 2013 11:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Police arrested a 26-year-old man in connection with a pair of armed robberies in Baton Rouge. Police say Edwin Harvey walked into Mom's Seafood on July 7 and Quality Deli on July 9 with a handgun and demanded money. Both businesses are located on North... more »
  • La. closes shrimp season in most inside waters

    July 13, 2013 5:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - State wildlife and fisheries regulators say the 2013 spring inshore shrimp season will close Thursday at 6 a.m. The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries' announcement Friday affects the remaining portions of Timbalier Bay, Terrebonne Bay, Lake Pelto and Pelican Lake where the season had been extended,... more »
  • Seafood board oversight shifted to lt. governor

    June 19, 2013 12:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne has received new responsibilities from state lawmakers, giving him oversight of a board that promotes Louisiana seafood. Dardenne spoke to the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board on Wednesday about the change. While Dardenne said he didn't seek the new responsibility, he said... more »
  • Shortage in Lake Pontchartrain bedevils crabbers

    June 8, 2013 5:13 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Crabbers are having a hard time finding their prey in Lake Pontchartrain. Fishermen and seafood dealers offer varying theories to WVUE-TV as to why the brackish lake is not the crab "factory" that it historically has been. Some blame the BP PLC oil spill or chemicals used... more »
  • Chef KD's seafood lasagna check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 4, 2013 5:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Chef KD showed how to incorporate seafood into a traditional lasagna today for Tasty Tuesday. His lasagna included a combination of fish, shrimp, and crab meat which he cooked at the same time as the pasta. If you have questions or want full recipes from... more »
  • Frozen seafood could be fresh catch check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 30, 2013 5:41 PM

    DELCAMBRE - The Louisiana Certified Wild Caught Seafood branded Vermillion Bay Sweet Shrimp got a chance to show off today. The seafood, which boasts the state's first seal of approval, is caught in Louisiana waters and then processed, without preservatives, within a day of reaching shore. "It's like... more »
  • Louisiana seafood gets special certification check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 14, 2013 6:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Seafood tagged its first package of "Certified Authentic Louisiana Wild Seafood" today. It's a brand that's intended to ensure consumers they're getting the best product available. The "Vermillion Bay Sweet White Shrimp" got the honor of being the first to be labeled authentic. "Our... more »
  • Crawfish prices high, expected to drop Play Video

    March 29, 2013 4:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Crawfish are a hot commodity this weekend as families gather to observe the Easter holiday, but prices are higher than normal. One local seafood retailer said they had to increase price for the first time this Easter because of supply and demand. Still, crawfish lovers... more »
  • Lent, seafood seasons officially begin check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 13, 2013 5:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Today marks the start of Lent, a time when those who observe will cutting back on meat. As a result, places like Tony's Seafood are prepared with additional orders. "It's going to be busy through the whole Lenten season," said co-owner of Tony's Seafood, Bill... more »
  • Shrimp season to close in some La. inside waters

    January 16, 2013 7:07 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has announced that fall shrimp season will close Friday in all state inside waters east of the Mississippi River - except for the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds. The department said in a news release Tuesday that it... more »
  • Recipients picked for BP tourism, seafood grants

    November 7, 2012 3:17 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - More than 100 nonprofit groups and government entities have been picked to get shares of $43.7 million in BP funds to promote the Gulf Coast's tourism and seafood industries following the company's 2010 oil spill. The first round of grants announced Wednesday by court-supervised claims administrator Patrick... more »
  • Louisiana seafood to get new label check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 18, 2012 6:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana seafood will soon get a new brand to assure you it's from state waters. It's a move to brand the state's product similar to "Idaho Potatoes" or "Maine Lobster." Local chefs are excited to push the local product and know how important it is to the... more »
  • Worker cooked to death at California tuna plant

    October 15, 2012 12:54 PM

    SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. - Authorities say a 62-year-old employee was cooked to death at a Southern California seafood plant for tuna maker Bumble Bee Foods. The Whittier Daily News reports Jose Melena was found shortly before 7 a.m. Thursday at the plant in Santa Fe Springs. Erika Monterroza is... more »
  • La. develops seafood certification program

    October 12, 2012 7:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE - In a new effort to brand Louisiana seafood, the state has started a new certification program. State officials say the Louisiana Certified Seafood Program is meant to make consumers think of Louisiana seafood in a "geographically-based" way, similar to the way consumers now think of Maine's... more »
  • US seafood catch reaches 17-year high

    September 19, 2012 2:56 PM

    PORTLAND, Maine. - The U.S. seafood catch reached a 17-year high in 2011, with all regions of the country showing increases in both the volume and value of their harvests. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Wednesday that commercial fishermen last year caught 10.1 billion pounds of fish and... more »
  • Middendorf's set to fry after flood Play Video

    September 10, 2012 5:33 PM

    AKERS - Middendorf's is ready to fry their famous thin catfish fillets again after Hurricane Isaac flooded the restaurant, some areas as deep as six feet. It's not the famous restaurant's first run-in with flood water, one reason owner Horst Pfeifer built the kitchen up high and added a... more »
  • Isaac hits Louisiana crabbers hard

    September 7, 2012 2:37 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Slidell crab processor says his business is suffering because Hurricane Isaac knocked many crabbers out of action. Gary Bauer says sunken boats, damaged docks and a lack of electricity and ice are among the problems crabbers face. An assessment Friday by the state's seafood promotion board... more »
  • Post-Isaac seafood meeting held

    September 7, 2012 10:39 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Seafood industry leaders are assessing the effects of Hurricane Isaac. Ewell Smith, director of the state's seafood promotion board, says fishing communities such as Delacroix, Hopedale and Lafitte suffered damage in the storm. Smith said figures on how the storm affected the industry were being compiled Friday.... more »
  • Pointe Coupee 4H team wins national seafood cookoff

    September 4, 2012 5:11 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - For the first time since the Great American Seafood Cookoff was founded, a Louisiana team of high school students took home the top prize. Pointe Coupee high school students Grant Jourdan, Natalie Hardy, Annie Gosserand, and Katie Lacour won the top prize at the cookoff in... more »
  • Study: Dispersants may have hurt Gulf food chain

    July 31, 2012 4:45 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A study on possible effects of the 2010 BP oil spill indicates dispersants may have killed plankton - some of the ocean's tiniest plants and creatures - and disrupted the food chain in the Gulf of Mexico, one of the nation's richest seafood grounds. Scientists say the... more »
  • Company pleads guilty in seafood mislabel case

    June 6, 2012 7:08 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - An Illinois-based seafood distributor has pleaded guilty in Louisiana to conspiring to mislabel commercially-sold shrimp. Federal prosecutors say Worldwide Shrimp Company, of Highland Park, entered the plea Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey in New Orleans. Court documents say the company distributed shrimp to supermarkets, retail... more »
  • 2 seafood firms accused of mislabeling shrimp

    May 23, 2012 10:48 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Louisiana seafood processing plant and an Illinois seafood distributor have each been charged with one count of mislabeling over $100,000 worth of commercially-sold shrimp. Federal prosecutors in New Orleans announced the charges, a felony violation of the Lacey Act, in a news release Wednesday. Doran Sea-Pak,... more »
  • Crowds clamor for crawfish on Easter weekend Play Video

    April 6, 2012 4:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Thousands of people are flocking to seafood shops and crawfish stands to get a taste of the swamp's tastiest treat. The crimson crustacean is often a favorite dish during the Easter weekend and some come from miles away to get a taste. "I started off at... more »
  • Mike Anderson's Seafood reopens today after December fire

    March 22, 2012 10:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE - After a fire destroyed Mike Anderson's Seafood on Lee Drive in Baton Rouge back in December 2011, the restaurant is finally reopening today and the general manager is showing News 2 the renovations. News 2's Olivia LaBorde finds out where the investigation is at this point,... more »
  • Crawfish season underway

    February 24, 2012 10:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE- As the Lenten season begins, the unofficial kickoff of crawfish season is well underway. Hundreds of people, especially Catholics, traditionally purchase the Louisiana specialty on Fridays in lieu of meat. This season, though, consumers will see some of the highest prices for mudbugs in years. News... more »
  • Mike Anderson's damaged by fire overnight check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 13, 2011 3:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Investigators are trying to determine what caused a fire Tuesday at a popular restaurant in Baton Rouge. Firefighters responded to a blaze at Mike Anderson's Seafood on West Lee Drive around 1:30 this morning. According to the Baton Rouge Fire Department, the fire started in... more »
  • Jindal wagers seafood vs. BBQ in SEC Championship

    December 2, 2011 2:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal told reporters today he'd bet Georgia's governor that LSU would bring home the SEC Championship. Jindal said he'd put forward the usual wager: a Louisiana seafood dinner. In return, Gov. Nathan Deal wagered a meal of Georgia barbecue and a case of Diet... more »
  • State officials announce new seafood testing website

    October 7, 2011 11:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana officials seeking to erase the stereotype of tainted shrimp, crab and fish dirtied by the Gulf oil spill unveiled a new website Friday that contains test results they say prove to restaurants and consumers that the state's seafood is safe to eat. The website www.gulfsource.org... more »
  • La. groups seek to block immigrant wage increase

    September 14, 2011 5:37 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana seafood and sugar cane processors, hotel owners and operators of amusement parks are among the business interests who hope a federal judge will block new federal rules that they say could increase the wages they are required to pay to temporary foreign workers by as much... more »
  • Expert says Gulf seafood is safe, well-tested

    August 1, 2011 5:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A seafood industry expert says there is still a perception problem with seafood from the Gulf of Mexico, but that is the only problem. Lucina Lampila, a seafood specialist with the LSU Ag Center, says surveys indicate people in other parts of the country still have concerns... more »
  • River silt a problem in Morgan City

    June 14, 2011 5:04 PM

    MORGAN CITY - Less than a month ago, News 2 visited a flooded seafood restaurant in Morgan City that had between four and five feet of water from the Atchafalaya River. Since then flood waters have subsided, but owner Robert Conner is dealing with a much bigger problem. In... more »
  • La. seeks federal aid for fishing industry

    May 10, 2011 3:07 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana is asking the federal government to authorize financial assistance for fishermen and other business owners who could be impacted by possible flooding from the Mississippi River's rising waters. State Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham announced Monday that he has asked the Commerce Department for a "commercial... more »
  • Seafood prices higher, one year after spill

    April 20, 2011 6:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE- One year after the oil spill, many seafood restaurants are still experiencing the effects of the Gulf disaster, but the biggest drawback is beginning to wane. Originally restaurants were worried about the perception of Gulf food, but recently more people are eating seafood without caution. "The perception... more »
  • Grand Isle seafood workers desperate for work a year after the spill

    April 19, 2011 6:50 PM

    GRAND ISLE - Some fishermen in the Grand Isle area say the year since the Gulf oil spill has been like "a living hell". Over at Dean's Seafood Processing, hundreds of shrimpers used to bury the conveyor belts with shrimp. Now, workers spend their days cleaning, the belts idle... more »
  • Oyster season east of Calcasieu Lake to close

    March 23, 2011 5:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says it is closing the oyster season on the east side of Calcasieu Lake more than a month early to protect against "sustained heavy harvest pressure" in the area. The department announced Tuesday that it issued an emergency order to close... more »
  • Seafood industry lobbying DC

    February 9, 2011 7:02 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Representatives of Louisiana's seafood industry are in Washington this week, talking with federal officials about various challenges facing their industry, especially in the aftermath of the BP oil spill. Oyster dealer Mike Voisin says meetings Tuesday included talks with the Environmental Protection Agency and a task force... more »
  • Gulf seafood sales get a boost from the military

    February 5, 2011 11:12 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Sales of Gulf of Mexico seafood are getting a boost from the military after being hammered by last year's BP oil spill, which left consumers fearing the water's bounty had been tainted. Milt Ackerman, president of Military Solutions Inc., says 10 products including fish, shrimp, oysters, crab... more »
  • Gulf seafood reps to visit DC

    February 5, 2011 9:55 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Representatives of Louisiana seafood will be in Washington, D.C. next week to meet with the state's delegation to discuss the industries recovery from the BP oil spill. In years past, the annual visit focused on Louisiana oysters, but given the impact of last year's oil spill, Louisiana's... more »
  • US seafood industry creates marketing coalition

    January 23, 2011 11:00 AM

    PORTLAND, Maine- The meat industry has its "Beef, It's What's for Dinner" promotion. Pork producers market their product as "the other white meat." Now, the U.S. seafood industry is preparing to cast its own marketing net in a bid to reel in more consumers. More than 50 fishing and... more »
  • Experts disagree on safety of Gulf seafood

    November 19, 2010 2:43 PM

    CHARLESTON, S.C. - Experts at an international conference disagreed Friday on whether it's safe to eat seafood from the Gulf of Mexico after the oil spill earlier this year. The government says Gulf seafood is safe to eat. However, Ed Cake, president of Gulf Environmental Associates in Ocean Springs, Miss.,... more »
  • Experts say nation unprepared for Gulf spill

    November 19, 2010 12:27 PM

    CHARLESTON, S.C. - Experts at an international conference in South Carolina agree the United States was poorly prepared for the spill that pumped about 170 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The government has assured the public that Gulf seafood is safe, but there were differences... more »
  • A diminished opening for state oyster season

    November 14, 2010 10:02 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Public oyster waters are opening on Louisiana's coast, but it's a smaller area than usual. Monday's scheduled opening was delayed indefinitely for a broad area east of the Mississippi River. The availability of marketable Louisiana oysters has already been diminished by natural and man-made factors, including the... more »
  • Jindal announcement concerning seafood and tourism

    November 1, 2010 9:13 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Governor Bobby Jindal will make what his office calls a, "major announcement" concerning seafood and tourism. It will be during a stop in New Orleans at 10:45. Stay tuned to WBRZ.com, @WBRZ on Twitter and WBRZ on Facebook for updates. more »
  • Feds: new tests confirm safety of Gulf seafood

    October 29, 2010 4:58 PM

    Federal scientists say a new spate of testing for chemical dispersant in Gulf of Mexico seafood has found no problems, and Gulf seafood is safe to eat. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Food and Drug Administration said Friday that the new round of testing found only a... more »
  • Chefs plan night to support Gulf seafood

    October 27, 2010 12:34 PM

    More than 150 chefs from around the nation are planning to show their support for Gulf of Mexico seafood by cooking and serving it in what's been dubbed "America's Night Out for Gulf Seafood." The Dec. 1 event will see prominent chefs serving seafood to diners, friends and family,... more »
  • NOAA opens more Gulf waters to fishing

    October 22, 2010 12:37 PM

    Another area of the Gulf of Mexico has been reopened to commercial and recreational fishing after tests found seafood in the area to have no oil contamination to bar consumption. The 7,037-square-mile area of Gulf waters that was reopened is about 70 miles south of the Florida panhandle, between... more »
  • U. S. Commerce chief says Gulf seafood safe to eat

    October 5, 2010 3:28 PM

    U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said Tuesday he has complete confidence in the safety of seafood caught in Gulf of Mexico waters that have been reopened since BP's underwater well blew out, spewing millions of gallons of oil into the sea. However, he recognizes the region has an ongoing image... more »
  • Commerce Secretary Locke to tour seafood lab

    October 5, 2010 10:26 AM

    U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke will tour a federal lab in Mississippi where seafood caught in the Gulf of Mexico is being tested to determine if it is tainted by oil. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration lab is the first stop for seafood being prepared for analysis as federal... more »
  • More of the Gulf reopened for fishing

    October 1, 2010 12:57 PM

    Another chunk of the Gulf of Mexico has been opened to fishing after seafood tests and surveys found no oil contamination threat. The 5,628-square-mile area is just west of the Mississippi River delta and about 75 miles south of the BP well that spewed millions of gallons of oil... more »
  • Gulf coast eyes tourism boost from fall fishing

    September 22, 2010 12:49 PM

    The tourism industry along the northern Gulf Coast has a new bet for surviving the winter: Red snapper. The federal government has approved an unusual autumn fishing season for the popular fish, which is a favorite prey for anglers who missed nearly an entire summer of saltwater fishing because... more »
  • Chef of the Month - Black and Gold Shrimp

    September 22, 2010 5:48 AM

    3-5 small to medium asparagus spears 9-12 Louisiana 16/20 count shrimp, peeled (leave the tail) and deveined 1-2 tsp your favorite blackened seasoning Healthy pat of unsalted butter Bamboo skewers, soaked in water Small bunch parsley, finely chopped Lemon, cut into wedges *hollandaise -8 oz unsalted butter -3 egg yolks... more »
  • Lt. Gov. requests $75 million for tourism advertising

    September 20, 2010 5:30 PM

    Lieutenant Governor Scott Angelle is requesting $75 million from BP for tourism advertising. This is the second request for money after the state received $15 million earlier this summer. A recent national perception study of Louisiana after the Gulf oil spill shows the majority of Americans believe the oil crisis... more »
  • Consumers bring up questions about seafood

    September 6, 2010 10:28 PM

    The Food and Drug Administration took over the multi-step testing of Gulf seafood due to the BP oil spill. Some wonder, however, if it’s enough to keep the confidence that seafood is safe. If you live in Louisiana, you're probably never going to cut Gulf seafood from your diet. However,... more »
  • Feds plan 'dockside chats' on seafood

    August 26, 2010 5:35 AM

    Federal officials are planning what they are calling "dockside chats" to promote information about the safety of Gulf seafood. Eight events are being planned at sites in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida panhandle. Senior officials from the Obama administration will take part. more »
  • Chef of the Month - Sweet Basil Seafood with Smoked Salmon

    August 25, 2010 8:07 AM

    2 oz Jumbo Crab Meat 2 oz Cooked 41/50 Shrimp 1 1/2 oz Smoked Salmon 1 oz Remoulade 1 oz Lemon Vinaigrette 1 Tsp Parsley 3 large leafs Sweet Basil Julienned To taste Old Bay 2 each Taro Chips 1 1/2oz Olive Oil Salt and Pepper 1/2 oz Fine Chopped... more »
  • Gov. Jindal wants BP to pay for seafood monitoring

    August 19, 2010 4:24 PM

    Gov. Bobby Jindal wants a $173 million program - paid for by BP PLC - to monitor the safety and quality of Louisiana seafood for the next five years. The program also would provide marketing funds to promote the state's seafood to consumers. During a news conference Thursday, Jindal says... more »
  • Nicholls State comfirms safety of seafood

    August 18, 2010 5:49 AM

    The Institute for Seafood Studies at Nicholls State University say consumers of Louisiana seafood can be confident in the findings of the safety assurances issued by government agencies. The results of intensive investigations have consistently shown that seafood harvested from state and federally designated open fishing areas present no public... more »
  • US commerce secretary coming to Louisiana

    August 16, 2010 4:49 AM

    Today U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke will be in Louisiana, and seafood's on his agenda and menu. After a late-morning tour of a shrimp processing plant in Lafitte, he will have lunch with Gulf fishermen at a seafood restaurant in Metairie. In the afternoon, Locke has an economic roundtable in... more »
  • Lt. Gov. invites Obama to Shrimp & Petroleum fest

    August 12, 2010 5:12 AM

    Lt. Gov. Scott Angelle has invited President Barack Obama to attend the 75th annual Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival next month to show support for hardworking Americans. Angelle notes that the Gulf oil spill has spawned widespread "misperceptions that are negatively affecting the (state's seafood) industry." He says the festival... more »
  • State leaders hope reimbursements will cover costs

    August 9, 2010 5:36 PM

    State treasurer John Kennedy says BP has paid Louisiana $115 million for day-to-day operations. Kennedy says it will probably take much more once the final bill has been calculated. He says that work is taking place right now. Kennedy says it was nearly impossible to determine a dollar... more »
  • La. seafood leaders plan meeting with Obama

    August 9, 2010 5:44 AM

    Seafood industry representatives are in Washington to help boost Gulf seafood confidence. Today the seafood representatives have an appearance planned with President Barack Obama and members of the New Orleans Saints. One member of the delegation is making plans to create a 30-foot-long po' boy for officials in Washington. The... more »
  • Gulf seafood industry tries to shake an oily image

    August 7, 2010 10:39 AM

    Those who harvest, process and sell the Gulf of Mexico's famous seafood are trying to convince wary consumers the catch is not only delicious, but safe. Some fishing grounds have begun to open more than three months after BP's blown-out well began gushing crude, and tests show seafood caught... more »
  • State, seafood industry want long-term testing, promotion

    August 5, 2010 9:48 PM

    The governor and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries want a 20 year, $450 million deal to test and promote seafood safety. So far, BP has offered a two year commitment. The seafood industry says it's going to take long-term, consumer-confidence efforts to return to pre-spill sales, and BP... more »
  • LDWF says La. needs more money to test seafood

    August 5, 2010 5:46 PM

    The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries secretary Robert Barham says Louisiana will need more money for testing seafood. Barham says the national perception is most of Louisiana is covered with oil, and our seafood is contaminated. He says a seafood safety plan must include proper testing and marketing... more »
  • Chef of the Month - Steak Danielle

    July 28, 2010 5:32 AM

    8-10 oz. beef or pork fillet 2 oz Marchan di Vin 1-1/2 T Bernaise or Hollandaise sauce 1-2 oz. crabmeat 3-4 asparagus spears Cook fillet to desired taste. On a plate, place Marchan di Vin and place fillet on top. Top steak with Bernaise and crabmeat. Place cooked asparagus spears... more »
  • Jindal pushes for faster federal seafood testing

    July 19, 2010 2:52 PM

    Gov. Bobby Jindal wants the federal government to step up testing of seafood samples from Louisiana waters so they can be quickly reopened to commercial fishing. The state opened the areas for sport fishing on Thursday. But on Monday, Jindal and Louisiana seafood industry leaders complained that the Food... more »
  • Seafood safe from oil

    July 15, 2010 7:25 PM

    The Department of Health and Hospitals said the best way to tell if oil is in seafood is to smell it. DHH said if oil has contaminated a batch of oysters, fish, or shrimp, two telltale signs will give it away: when the cuisine is sniffed, eyes will water... more »
  • Chef KD closes restaurant

    July 9, 2010 6:02 PM

    Kevin Diez, known to many as Chef KD, is calling it quits on his restaurant, 'Family Traditions' in Gonzales today. The restaurant, which opened in February, had a positive start. After the oil spill, however, people began questioning whether the seafood was safe to eat. Chef KD says yes. ... more »
  • Celebrity chefs tout La. seafood

    June 28, 2010 2:30 PM

    A number of celebrity chefs have one message for residents along the gulf coast, stop worrying about the seafood in the Gulf of Mexico. Tom Colicchio, a James Beard winner and owner of several restaurants in New York City and other places, says he usually prefers seafood from the... more »
  • U.S. raps on Asian shrimpers' doors after oil spill

    June 28, 2010 12:47 PM

    As the Gulf Coast oil spill continues to gush, U.S. seafood suppliers are turning to Asia to ensure Americans have enough shrimp for their gumbos, Creoles and cocktails this summer, but some of those overseas cupboards are low themselves. Several countries in the world's top shrimp-producing region are struggling... more »

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