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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: www.wlf.la.gov/crabtraining.

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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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LDWF Offices Closed to the Public Indefinitely Starting March 17

March 17, 2020

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) offices throughout the state will be closed to the public indefinitely beginning Tuesday, March 17. To alleviate any additional public burden, LDWF is providing the public alternatives to process applications via mail, email and online. The summary below provides more information about how…

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