Louisiana Shrimp Fishery

Louisiana Fisheries Forward has put together a wide variety of topics from multiple government and industry organizations, to help shrimp fishermen understand licensing and bycatch requirements, harvest regulations, refrigeration and freezing technology, and best handling methods to produce a safe, select shrimp product.

Shrimp is a valuable seafood product in the Gulf of Mexico. The dockside value of Louisiana’s 2012 shrimp harvest alone was $146.4 million in 2012.  In the U.S., Louisiana is the number one supplier of domestic shrimp—101.7 million pounds of shrimp were caught by Louisiana fishermen (2012).  Most of the state’s annual shrimp landings (70%) are caught in state waters; the rest are harvested in federal waters further offshore or in waters of other states.

As we continue to add information this web site, visit the resource links below for more information on regulations, product handling, gear and equipment, and responsible fishing practices.

shrimp boat at sea

Louisiana shrimp are harvested responsibly and in a sustainable manner.  Trawlers must be equipped with turtle excluder devices (TEDs) and bycatch reduction devices (BRDs)—which results in less incidental catch, less time shrimp are worked on the deck, and a fresher shrimp harvest overall. Refrigeration and freezing equipment and practices are constantly evolving and improving, so that wild shrimp keep that just-caught flavor longer.

Fast Facts

Download pdf versions of Louisiana Fisheries Forward fact sheets below.  This is a work in progress, so check back often!