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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

fishing pier on Lake Pontchartrain

LDWF ALERT: Be Aware Of Fake Hunting and Fishing Announcements

April 1, 2020

Recently, LDWF has had to respond to several fake news articles, one regarding increased fishing fines and, most recently, the supposed forced closure of hunting and fishing season because of the COVID-19 pandemic. None of it is true. Any valid information regarding LDWF actions is on our website at www.wlf.la.gov…

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shrimp boat in Gulf of Mexico at dusk

New Commercial Shrimpers Encouraged to Begin License Application Immediately

March 19, 2020

Due to the recent office closures to the public, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) encourages new shrimpers to apply for their licenses immediately. LDWF staff are available to process their mailed applications. The department is issuing this reminder so new license applicants will have their licenses in-hand…

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