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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

Speaker addressing crowd at Summit

Summit Spotlight on The Graying of the Fleet With Nicole Lundberg, Keynote Presenter

January 27, 2020

Nicole Lundberg is heading up the keynote presentation at the 2020 Louisiana Fisheries Forward Summit. The Summit will be held March 11 at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner, LA. For registration and info on this free event, visit https://www.lafisheriesforward.org/summit/summit-participant-registration/ Nicole, what is the Keynote topic? We’ll be presenting an interactive…

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LA inshore shrimp closure map for January 24, 2020

LA Shrimp Season to Close January 24 in Portions of State Inside Waters

January 23, 2020

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2019 fall shrimp season will close at official sunset on Friday, January 24, 2020, in the following portions of state inside waters: Lake Pontchartrain, Chef Menteur and Rigolets Passes, Lake Borgne, Mississippi Sound, Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO), a section of…

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Gulf of Mexico with shrimp boats in far distance

CPRA Public Hearings in January

January 6, 2020

The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority has scheduled a series of public hearings across the coast in January, as follows: Draft Fiscal Year 2021 CPRA Annual Plan – Public Hearing Mon, Jan 06, 2020 — 5:30 p.m. – Open House; 6:00 p.m. Presentation Lake Front Airport, 601 Stars and Stripes…

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