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Meet the Fisherman: Sheb Callahan
Sheb Callahan is a crabber. From his Louisiana Blue Crab, LLC based in Kaplan, LA, Sheb is one of Louisiana’s largest crab wholesalers. His fishing, processing, and shipping operation serves not only Louisiana customers but a growing market in the mid-Atlantic states of Maryland and Virginia. Sheb learned the business from his father. Now, over 40 years later, he has forged relationships with fishermen throughout south Louisiana that ensures that he can source the meatiest and tastiest crabs from Gulf waters.
Instead of using boilers, Sheb live-steams his crabs, which optimizes the quality of texture and flavor. Their state-of-the-art facility is a model for the industry, processing up to 15,000 pounds of fresh crab a day with the safest methods possible. Utilizing a specialized steam retort (essentially a gigantic pressure cooker), expert pickers, and a black light area to make sure the majority of shell is removed, the company has the simple goal of bringing out the best in their crabmeat.
Louisiana Blue Crab works with Louisiana Sea Grant and LSU AgCenter for the boat-to-table program of Louisiana Direct Seafood. Sold in 1-pound, vacuum-packed bags, buyers can choose crabmeat in three ways: jumbo lump, claw, or backfin lump. Sheb’s company selects the highest quality crabs and processes by picking, packing, and flash-freezing for shipping nationwide. Order your Vermilion Bay Sweet crabmeat online here on the Louisiana Direct Seafood SHOP, or if you live in Acadiana, you can pick up the Vermilion Bay Sweet crabmeat products in four locations: The Market at Broussard Commons in Broussard, Gonsoulin Farm Store in Loreauville, Boudreaux’s Southern Seafood in New Iberia, and Jessica Gail Seafood in Youngsville. This program aims to create an online marketplace for connecting Louisiana’s fishermen with home cooks and retailers everywhere.
Be sure to connect with Sheb Callahan and many more coastal Louisiana fishermen by accessing his business profile on the website. It’s nice to know that you are helping to support the many fishing families that are the foundation of our Louisiana seafood industry.
Louisiana Blue Crab, LLC
2042 W. Veterans Memorial Dr.
Kaplan, LA 70548
This Boat-To-Table series of stories, recipes, and information about our seafood industry is brought to you in support of Louisiana Direct Seafood, a free program of Louisiana Sea Grant and LSU AgCenter.