Shrimp

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

map showing opening areas of the fall inshore shrimp season

LDWF Announces Opening Date for the Fall Inshore Shrimp Season

August 5, 2022

Today, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set the opening dates for the fall inshore shrimp season based on information provided by biologists from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), input from the Louisiana Shrimp Task Force, and public comments. Season openings are as follows: From the Mississippi/Louisiana…

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box of several flounder and one black drum

Flounder Season Set to Close October 15 to November 30

July 25, 2022

An annual closed season for the recreational and commercial harvest of Southern Flounder from October 15 through November 30 of each year has been finalized. This statewide closure for Southern Flounder is for all sectors and all gear types, including any flounder caught as bycatch in any other fishery.  Exemptions…

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deckhand unloading shrimp from skimmer net on boat deck

Inshore Shrimp Season to Close June 30, 2022, in State Inside Waters

June 27, 2022

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2022 spring inshore shrimp season will close at official sunset on Thursday, June 30, 2022, in all state inside waters from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line See the map above detailing this closure or click here….

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