Located along coastal North Carolina in Morehead City, the NCSU Seafood Laboratory performs a variety of extension work not only in the coastal area, but for all of North Carolina. The laboratory's focus is on seafood safety, value-added products and innovative processing techniques through research, education and outreach. Laboratory staff are dedicated to problem-solving issues around post-harvest handling, processing and adding value to aquatic foods whether fresh- or salt-water fish and shellfish.
Laboratory services include technical and analytical services for members of the seafood industry including validation of HACCP plans, evaluation of enhanced manufacturing processes and assistance in the commercialization and marketing of value-added seafood products. The laboratory also has a pilot plant dedicated to the advancement of knowledge of seafood preparation and processing.
In addition, North Carolina Sea Grant provides support through the laboratory kitchen where cooperative extension nutrition leaders have worked on seafood recipes and formulations for over 30 years. A culmination of their work can be found in the publication Mariner's Menu: 30 Years of Fresh Seafood Ideas and choose "Seafood Science and Technology" on the Sea Grant Web Site.
Workshops are also offered by the lab for industry and regulatory personnel including: Basic Seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP), Sanitation Process Controls (SPC), and Seafood Quality and Safety (SQS) for Environmental Health Professionals.
The lab is located at the NCSU Center for Marine Sciences and Technology (CMAST). For more information call 252.222.6334 or visit www.ncsu.edu/foodscience/seafoodlab/