“The groundbreaking marks a great day for Bayou La Batre and the seafood industry,” said Walton Kraver, president of the Gulf Coast Agriculture and Seafood Cooperative and owner of Deep Sea Foods Inc., Jubilee Foods Inc., Malay Bay Inc. and Country Inc.
During peak seafood season, the 25 Southwestern Alabama Cooperative members pay to have 100 cubic yards of crab and shrimp waste hauled each day to a landfill,” Kraver said. “The new facility will allow the cooperative to use “green” practices to convert those seafood byproducts into marketable products such as animal feed, organic fertilizer and pottery,” he said.
“We are taking a product that is damaging to the environment and we are treating the product in a very environmentally friendly way and transforming it into something we can sell, generating income for the industry as a whole, which consists of thousands of workers,” states Kraver. “This facility will serve the seafood industry for generations to come.”