Louisiana Shrimp Reimbursement Program

February 27th, 2014


Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
50/50 Reimbursement Program for Commercial Shrimp Refrigeration


Right now, the LDWF will reimburse up to $30,000 of the cost of eligible pieces of equipment / technology / installment for near-future purchases OR purchases made as far back as 2010! But you’ll have to act quickly because your application must be received no later than March 31st, 2014.
CHECK IT OUT! For complete details, go to www.wlf.louisiana.gov/news/37347 or contact the LDWF at 225-765-3980 or toll-free 855-262-1764.

Some examples of equipment that are eligible for this program are:
Seawater Chilling Systems (RSW), Ice Makers (limited to land-based facilities only), Freezers, Cooler/Freezer Boxes & Associated Insulation, Brine Freezers, Plate Freezers, Other Freezer Types, Combined Commercial Refrigeration Units, Condensers and Coils of Split Refrigeration Systems, Refrigeration Supplies, Controllers, Generators & Electrical Equipment (tied to a refrigeration system)

Integrated Marine Systems Has the Solution

shrimp-netsProviding high-quality seafood products that meet the expectations of today’s consumers requires refrigeration that produces product as close to fresh as possible. Investing in modern refrigeration does just that, by improving the value of your catch which equals more money at the dock and a better return on your investment.

Integrated Marine Systems has been providing refrigeration solutions for the Alaska, West Coast, Gulf, Northeast & International markets for decades. IMS specializes in producing systems for each unique vessel or facility.

Join the Gulf Shrimp Boats freezing with IMS Systems …
F/V Bub-Poot-Nae, F/V Nga Tranh II, F/V Danny Boy II, F/V Captain Hung, F/V Miss Julia, F/V Camranh Bay and … Lance Nacio’s F/V Anna Marie – watch the video on youtube.com, search for “go fish deck freezer”

Self-contained Refrigerated Seawater (RSW) units from IMS are extremely compact and easy to install, making them a perfect fit for Gulf boats. RSW systems are an efficient way for both processors and fishermen to chill product. The catch is chilled more rapidly than with ice and the risk of inadvertently freezing is avoided since the temperature of the water can be controlled.

For fishermen, time that would be lost on the fishing grounds going in to replenish their ice is saved, as well as the cost of fuel used for each trip. IMS offers self-contained RSW systems and systems with remote-mount chillers in a wide range of capacities and drive configurations.

To see how our RSW units stack up against the competition, see the Benefits of IMS 7.5-ton RSW.

Brine Freezing is used primarily in the seafood industry for shrimp, crab and for large fish to be frozen whole – both onboard fishing boats and in seafood processing plants. The refrigerated brine solution means that the fish are frozen but that the water is not. Temperatures don’t get as low as blast freezers, but the process is less labor-intensive.

Blast Freezers bring temperatures down fast to prevent bacterial growth and product degradation. Used in food processing plants and also onboard fishing vessels, blast freezing temperatures range from -20ºF to -40ºF. The IMS Hatch Mount Blast freezer is a compact unit that drops in, hooks up to power and condenser water to freeze fish onboard.

Plate Freezers (Evaporator Plates) IMS owns a special aluminum extrusion die used for plate freezing of boxed product or individual fish. These systems are usually matched with low-temperature condensing units and are primarily used for boxed shrimp, individual salmon, albacore and other products. Designed for maximum heat exchange, sizes range from 8″ to 32″ wide in 8″ increments with lengths up to 12′. The plates can be built into racks or delivered separately to be easily installed into the available space in the fish hold onboard.

Give Us a Call –

Now is a great time to upgrade your refrigeration. Partnering with Integrated Marine Systems and taking advantage of this incredible reimbursement opportunity could not only save you up to $30,000, but also better prepare your business to meet both today’s and future market demand.

From Happy Customers

The 15-ton diesel-drive RSW that I bought from IMS paid for itself in the first year. The unit chills down fast. I have a 30,000 lbs. fish hold and the system brought it down 6 degrees an hour. I'm really satisfied with the both the unit and the service from IMS. But I've never had much of a problem - the unit pretty much runs itself!”

"Eddie" Pestrikoff, Owner, F/V Melina

After looking at the albacore in the hold, I was amazed at how good the color was - bright blue. The IMS Hatch Mount Blast Freezer is a slick piece of equipment. It works great. The buyer's inspector stated that the blast frozen fish in my hold were the finest fish he had seen all year.”

Tony Jones, F/V Dreamboat Annie

The 18-ton electric RSW from IMS has performed flawlessly for the past three years. There's been no maintenance; I've just changed out the zincs and it has a good screening system. The unit brings temperatures down fast, with more than enough refrigeration for the 55,000 lb. hold. I am very pleased!”

Mark Edens, Owner, F/V Lady Kay

IMS's chiller is such a quality system. I congratulate myself every summer for making the investment. You should be justifiably proud of the system you have designed and the company you have built. It is a pleasure doing business with you!”

Ross Kendall, Set Net Site

When we ordered the IMS 50-ton deck mount unit, we were under the gun ... It was amazing ... we had plenty of time to learn it, run it and test it. Without IMS, we would not have made our charter.”

Cathy Hansen, manager, F/V McKinley

With a premium paid for refrigerated fish, I recouped my investment within the first year. Ever since then, it's just been money in my pocket.”

Joe Hinton, F/V Menusa

'Never bought fish this cold,' stated the Japanese broker when purchasing -40 degree F blast frozen albacore from the F/V Evolution. John equipped his tanked vessel with an IMS Hatch Mount Blast Freezer for easy seasonal conversion to the albacore fishery. When buying John's albacore, the Japanese broker said he was not used to buying fish that cold from this coast. He ordered a special trailer to hold them since they were so cold. Referring to his new blast freezer, John said, 'IMS is great. When you get good equipment, then you have what it takes to meet market demand.'"

Jon McMillan, Owner & Skipper, F/V Evolution

I like the IMS unit because it's so compact and I installed it myself. I do not believe anybody chills water down as fast as I can...”

Jerry Hatton, F/V Primo Lai

I've only got good things to say about the IMS RSW system I use for brine-freezing albacore. It's compact enough to fit on my boat and I remove it at the end of the season. I turn it on and turn it off ... that's all I do. It's easy to operate, does all that IMS said it would and more! There's enough to worry about with catching fish... don't need to worry about freezin' 'em!”

Kris Samuelson, F/V Dos Ninas

Switching to all-RSW allowed us to produce higher quality fish and access new markets not available to fish that haven't been chilled at point of harvest. The single-most important thing the fisherman can do to maintain quality of the fish is to chill at the point of harvest.”

John Lowrance, Owner, Leader Creek Fisheries

IMS equipment has allowed me to deliver top product at a premium price. I have a re-newed outlook on the Louisiana Gulf fishing industry.”

Lance Nacio, Owner, F/V Anna Marie

Joe Wabey chose a 60-ton IMS RSW system. "The system worked like a dream, it's been flawless. Made our summer great. High praise for IMS and their equipment.”

Joe Wabey, Owner, F/V Arctic Eagle

I am lovin' my IMS unit. It's going on eight years now and there's been nothing to do but change belts and impellers. I fish when and where I want and am not tied to a tender. My friends have bought IMS units and they're happy too. It has only taken a few fishing season's to pay for itself and now I'm enjoying the extra money it generates for me.”

Mark Hofstad, F/V Norsemen

The core temperatures on the filets were consistent. From a production standpoint, the FastFreeze did everything I needed. Met our freezing needs and produced a high-quality product.”

Mike Briski, Production Manager, Peter Pan Seafoods Port Moller Plant

IMS refer systems have a proven history. I've used them before - they're 'Plug and Play'. They've all worked good. Nothing I've had to worry about.”

Ray Wadsworth, F/V Liahona

My titanium chiller system from IMS works great! We are able to fish offshore, stay on the grounds longer and deliver outstanding quality lobster. Our self-contained refrigeration system was easy to install - and is a breeze to operate - saving us time and money. I originally bought from another vendor in New England, thinking it might be better to buy local for better service. But I was wrong. When I later bought a system from IMS, the customer service was much better: heads above the service you generally find today anywhere. The product was also better: built as a compact and easy-to-use unit. My first product had not been well-integrated into the boat.”

Robert Colbert, F/V Miss Julie

IMS is local and well-known. Their systems are reliable and maintenance-free - which is a big issue for me. I know that if I do need parts, I'll get fast delivery. Other vendors have problems with that!”

Ron Harper, F/V Pacific Gem

It's easy to install. The system can be retrofitted in an existing boat in about four days. It's really compact and it makes refrigeration simple.”

Paolo Jurkovich, F/V Branko J

The 7.5-ton RSW system has allowed us to maximize value of our fish since 2004 when it was installed. The IMS refrigeration system allows us to earn more and be proud to deliver a high quality product.”

Ray Honea, Crewman, F/V Balrog

After looking at the albacore in the hold, I was amazed at how good the color was - bright blue. The IMS Hatch Mount Blast Freezer is a slick piece of equipment. It works great. The buyer's inspector stated that the blast frozen fish in my hold were the finest fish he had seen all year.”

Dave Fee, F/V Star Polaris