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Louisiana Shrimp Fishery

Louisiana Fisheries Forward has put together a wide variety of resources 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.  The video at right is a full overview of what is required of a commercial shrimper.

We encourage all our shrimpers to get involved in the management of our fishery. Join the Shrimp Task Force, or attend their open meetings; sign up for news and alerts from LDWF, LA Sea Grant and other agencies; and attend LFF workshops and dock days for the best information on quality handling, safety, new equipment, and more. Your input is needed for us all to be successful.

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.
shrimp boat at sea
Image of shrimp being cooked in a sauce in a pan

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.

Latest Shrimp News

Gulf of Mexico with shrimp boats in far distance

LDWF Data Updates Loss of Aquatic Resources from Historic 2019 Flooding

September 18, 2019

The lingering effects of the 2019 record floodwaters on Louisiana’s aquatic life continue to be measured by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.  The Mississippi River remained above flood stage for a historic length of time, with records dating back to 1900.  Additionally, local rainfall also impacted other drainages. …

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