Louisiana Blue Crab Fishery
The 7,721 miles of Louisiana shoreline—where fresh and salt water mix and mingle—provide the perfect habitat for the blue crab, or callinectes sapidus. Louisiana is the number one domestic supplier of blue crab in the nation; 45 million pounds of blue crab are landed here in an average year, with an estimated $53 million dockside value. The blue crab fishery is the first and only to be certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).
As one of the lowest cost-of-entry fisheries in the state, crab fishermen tend to come and go depending on the season, price and demand. With so many new entrants into the fishery, in addition to new, tougher crab trap regulations, there is a strong need for ongoing training for crab fishermen . . . both seasoned veterans and newcomers.
The curriculum included here, put together by Louisiana Fisheries Forward, covers a wide variety of topics to help crabbers understand licensing and reporting requirements, harvest regulations, crab trap rules, and best handling methods to produce a superior crab product.
Be sure to check out the video, download our Fast Facts, and visit the resource links below for the full picture of how to be a successful crab fisherman.
There are new requirements in place to obtain a crab trap gear license if you are new to the industry. To be exempt from the Commercial Crab Gear Requirements program, a fisherman must have held a valid commercial crab trap gear license for any two years between 2011 and 2014. For complete details on program requirements, visit the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries website.
GET INVOLVED! Your input is needed to successfully manage the blue crab fishery. Join the Blue Crab Task Force, or attend their open meetings; sign up for alerts from Wildlife and Fisheries, Sea Grant and other agencies; and attend LFF workshops and dock days for the best information on quality handling, safety, new equipment, and more.