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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

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LDWF Reminds Crab Fishermen of Regulation Changes

January 12, 2018

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like to remind commercial crabbers and recreational users of crab traps of the following regulations: Regulation changes: Blue crab commercial harvest regulations have changed for 2018 and 2019 and are as follows: The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission removed the 30-day closure…

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Upcoming February 1 Crab Trap Closures

January 1, 2018

Since 2004, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, together with individual volunteers and organizations, has successfully removed and disposed of over 33,000 abandoned and derelict crabs. The removal of these crab traps is especially important to boating safety and crab harvesting efforts. Last year, LDWF, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation…

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NOAA Fisheries: New Management Measures in the Gulf Shrimp Fishery

December 27, 2017

KEY MESSAGE: A new rule for Amendment 17B to the Shrimp Fishery Management Plan establishes transit provisions for shrimp vessels without a federal permit, specifies a minimum threshold number of Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) shrimp moratorium permits, and identifies a review panel process when that threshold is close to being…

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