Louisiana Blue Crab Fishery
Louisiana Fisheries Forward has put together a wide variety of resources to help crab fishermen understand licensing and reporting requirements, harvest regulations, crab trap rules, and best handling methods to produce a superior crab product.
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.
We encourage all our crabbers to get involved in the management of our 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.
As we continue to add information to this web site, visit the resource links below for more on regulations, product handling, gear and equipment, and responsible fishing practices.
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 to be certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).
Louisiana Fisheries Forward Summit 2023: Finding New Opportunities for InnovationFebruary 26, 2023
Commercial fishermen, dock owners and processors will have the opportunity to learn about issues facing their industry at the Louisiana Fisheries Forward Summit, Wednesday, March 1, 2023, at the Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd., Kenner. Admission is free, but advance registration is required for those wanting lunch. This expo is…
As Derelict Crab Trap Cleanup Event Approaches, Volunteers are Still NeededJanuary 11, 2023
Time is running out to sign up to participate in the 2023 derelict crab trap rodeo event. The event will take place this year in the Terrebonne Basin (more details below). This rodeo event allows LDWF and members of the public to work hand-in-hand, removing derelict crab traps that create…
LDWF Announces Commercial Fishing License Sale Locations and DatesOctober 31, 2022
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will offer new or renewal commercial fishing licenses and boat registration transactions at the following locations: New Orleans Office 2045 Lakeshore Drive Suite 438 New Orleans Nov. 29 – Dec. 1 8am – 3:30pm Lake Charles Office **NEW LOCATION** 1025 Tom Watson Rd….