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Welcome to Louisiana Fisheries Forward

A voluntary education and training program from the
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and Louisiana Sea Grant College Program at LSU.

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Commercial Fishing

Fishing is a billion-dollar industry in Louisiana, and the demand for local seafood has never been greater.  There are many resources available to help you learn the business, or to be more successful.

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Dealers & Processors

One out of every 70 jobs in the state is related to the seafood business; many are centered around the docks, dealers and processors who handle seafood that will be sold, or resold.  Learn more about the the highly regulated—yet highly rewarding—industry.

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Business Management

If you are catching or processing seafood for a profit, then you are first and foremost a businessman.  Learning more about business and finance can help you better manage your money and time to be more successful.

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Industry Information

New and existing seafood operators must understand the economic factors that affect supply, demand and price of Gulf seafood for good decision-making.  It is also beneficial to understand how fisheries is managed and regulated along with the role of enforcement.

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CRAB

Louisiana accounts for 25% of total US landings of blue crab, and many commercial fishermen crab for at least part of the year.  There are new regulations, and best management practices, that crabbers must be aware of.

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SHRIMP

Shrimping in Louisiana has a bright future, despite some set-backs from the environment and global competition.  Focus on quality product handling, the right equipment, fuel efficiency and other fishing practices to improve profitability.

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OYSTER

The oyster industry is the most highly regulated in the state, due to raw consumption and the biological processes of America’s favorite bi-valve.  Stay up to date with changing regulations, new markets, and alternative methods of culture.

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FINFISH

Louisiana fishermen land a wide variety of finfish species—from the coastal marshes and bays to 100 miles offshore.  Get the latest information on harvest regulations, gear, reporting requirements to help your business be more successful.

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Latest News

Check out the latest news and updates

NOAA Fisheries: Gulf Shrimp Fishery to Re-Open off Texas on July 15

July 11, 2017

WHAT/WHEN: NOAA Fisheries announces federal waters from 9 to 200 nautical miles off Texas will open to shrimp trawling at 30 minutes after official sunset, local time, on July 15, 2017, corresponding to the time Texas opens its waters to shrimp trawling. WHY THIS IS HAPPENING: The waters off Texas are…

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LA Shrimp Season to Close July 14 in Majority of Inside Waters

July 10, 2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2017 spring inshore shrimp season will close at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 14 from the Louisiana/Mississippi state line westward to the eastern shore of the Mississippi River and from Freshwater Bayou canal westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line except for…

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LDWF Clarifies Commercial Shad Regulations

July 3, 2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like to clarify regulations pertaining to the commercial shad fishery. Recent questions raised during the June Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting indicated that a portion of the 2017 commercial fishing pamphlet may cause confusion regarding commercial shad harvest regulations. Although similar,…

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