- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 28, 2014

HOUMA, La. (AP) - There’s a new program to help Louisiana shrimpers upgrade or purchase equipment.

The shrimp refrigeration cost-share program provides eligible shrimp-vessel owners, docks and processors half the cost of refrigeration equipment for their businesses.

The Courier reports (https://bit.ly/1b4P33A ) the program is part of the Louisiana Wild Seafood Certification Program, which aims to produce higher quality products by bolstering handling practices and other professional development.

Jason Froeba, biologist director for Louisiana’s Wildlife and Fisheries, says the program began in October 2012 and now has more than 100 participants.

He says the goal is to certify seafood origin and improve the quality and production of Louisiana shrimp.

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Information from: The Courier, https://www.houmatoday.com

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