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.


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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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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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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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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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: Changes to Making IFQ Landing Notifications through VMS

November 7, 2017

KEY MESSAGE: Changes are being made to make new approved landing locations and dealers available almost instantly for use by Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) participants. To be more efficient, the drop-down menus are being replaced with numeric fields corresponding to the IFQ landing location and dealer vessel monitoring system (VMS)…

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LA Safe Meetings

November 5, 2017

Louisiana’s Strategic Adaptations for Future Environments will continue this week to share draft strategies of projects with residents of six parishes.

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Upcoming Fisher Events

Check out our workshops and events

November 29, 2017

Fisheries Update Meeting

10:30 am - 12:00 pm @ Learn More
November 2, 2017

November WLF Commission Meeting

09:30 am - 12:00 pm @ Learn More
October 12, 2017

Oyster Task Force Special Meeting

10:00 am - 11:00 am @ Learn More