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.
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.
On April 1, 2021, skimmer vessels 40 feet in length and over will be required by federal law to install turtle excluder devices (TEDs). The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will operate the Skimmer Turtle Excluder Device Reimbursement Program (STEDRP), which will reimburse up to 60 percent of the…
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council met virtually on October 26-28, 2020. The Council began by populating its Council Committee Roster for October 2020 – August 2021. The meeting agenda was modified to allow Council members, fishermen, and the broader stakeholder community time to prepare for the anticipated landfall…
Due to the impacts of hurricanes Laura and Delta, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is extending the application deadline by a month for the $14.6 million in financial assistance available to Louisiana’s fishing industry hurt financially by the COVID-19 pandemic. The original deadline was 11:59 p.m. Oct….