Crab

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.

This video is for educational purposes only.  Watching this video does not fulfill the basic requirements for the LDWF Commercial Crab Gear Requirement; for more information visit: https://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/page/mandatory-crab-trap-license-training.

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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).

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March 31, 2022

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ new Commercial License fee structure went into effect on November 15, 2021.  Commercial fishermen are reminded that most of their licenses can be renewed online by going to wlf.louisiana.gov and clicking on the “Buy A License” link at the top of the webpage.  However, some licenses…

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LDWF, LDR Resume Partnership to Expedite Boat Registrations

March 28, 2022

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) are resuming their partnership to expedite the process of registering boats. Beginning March 28, an LDR representative will be on-site at LDWF Headquarters in Baton Rouge every Monday from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Since…

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NOI To Set Annual Commercial And Recreational Closed Season For Flounder

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