Grant for new seafood innovation center in Erath on the way | WNTZ

ERAT, Louise (KLFY) – A new seafood innovation center is on the way. Congressman Clay Higgins has announced that Port Paris Parish (Port Delcambre) will receive $ 780,707.00 in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The concept of the Acadiana Regional Seafood Center.

The Rural Innovation Stronger Economy (RISE) grant will build an innovation center that creates and expands businesses and provides training to the local seafood industry. Funding for RISE grants is approved under the 2018 Farm Bill, which was supported by Congressman Higgins.

“This is a seven hundred and eighty thousand grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help the port of Delcambre build a seafood hub to be located in Erat,” said Wendel Veret, director of the port, a partner-partner port district. He says the grant will help create a shared kitchen for local producers in the area, and it will affect many people. “This will affect the arrival of Vermilion, seafood producers, farmers, small farmers, livestock farmers in the parishes of Vermilion and Iberia, as well as in St. Mary’s,” he said.

“It will be for the Acadian region, but its main focus is seafood, so we also want to help the fisherman.” Ten pieces of news have reached locals in the field of seafood, and one shrimp owner who has been working in the fishing industry for 45 years believes the funds will be used for other purposes.

“Those who are going to make a profit on this are big dogs, those who buy shrimp. Little shrimp boat owners, we get nothing. This is to help everyone with great success, ”said Timothy Shawst Jr., who owns the shrimp boat, Smokin’ Joe.

Some say funds should be used to help with docking locations. “The reason we got so many boats is that they can’t park. They have nowhere else to park, ”said Joshua Gary, a seafood employer.

“We need docks here in Delcambre because the docks are really bad,” Schuest said. Veret says the grant is still in its infancy and construction will begin in a year. “This is an extended project, but we are very excited to receive a grant announcement,” Veret said.

Congressman Higgins issued the following statement:
“Port Delcambre is an important hub for the Louisiana seafood industry. This grant, combined with other recent investments in the port, is helping to create jobs and boost the local economy. The new seafood innovation center will provide much-needed support for Louisiana fishermen and related businesses in Southern Louisiana. ”

Information about the public planning meeting is scheduled for February 24, 2022 at 18:00 in Erat in the community center.

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