Crawfish Licenses and Fees

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To apply for LDWF-issued licenses, contact 225-765-2898 or visit LDWF’s Headquarters at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge. Renew your licenses online at www.la.wildlifelicense.com.

LDWF is responsible for monitoring and managing wild crawfish; the information below applies to the harvest and sale of wild crawfish. The Louisiana Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and other agencies are responsible for farm-raised crawfish. However, farmers who plan to resell their crawfish must have the appropriate licenses from LDWF and other agencies.

Harvesters

To commercially harvest wild crawfish in Louisiana’s waters, you must have the following licenses issued by LDWF:

  • A commercial fisherman’s license ($55 resident, $460 nonresident)*
  • Gear license for your crawfish traps (any legal number; $25 resident,  $100 nonresident)

*If you are a Louisiana resident, age 70 or older, you may instead purchase a senior commercial fisherman and gear license for $20.

To sell crawfish you have caught to anyone other than a Louisiana licensed wholesale/retail seafood dealer or transport your catch out-of-state, you must have a Wholesale/Retail Seafood Dealer’s License ($250 resident, $1,105 nonresident).

To sell crawfish you have caught directly to consumers within the state, you must have a Fresh Products License ($20 resident, $120 nonresident). Your spouse may purchase a Fresh Products-Spouse License for $5 to sell directly to consumers.

Buyers and Sellers

To purchase and resell wild crawfish in Louisiana, you must have one of the following LDWF-issued licenses:
If you: You must have a: Notes:
Buy wild crawfish in Louisiana from commercial fishermen for sale or resale Wholesale/Retail Seafood Dealer License $250 resident, $1,105 nonresident. There are no restrictions on whom these licenseholders may sell seafood products to.
Buy wild crawfish in Louisiana from commercial fishermen for sale or resale from a vehicle Wholesale/Retail Seafood Dealer Vehicle License $250 resident, $1,105 nonresident. There are no restrictions on whom these licenseholders may sell seafood products to.
Buy wild crawfish from a licensed wholesale/retail seafood dealer for sale to consumers for personal or household use Retail Seafood Dealer License $105 resident, $405 nonresident
Buy wild crawfish from a licensed wholesale/retail seafood dealer for sale to consumers for personal or household use from a vehicle Retail Seafood Dealer Vehicle License $105 resident, $405 nonresident
Are a restaurant or retail grocer picking up wild crawfish from a licensed wholesale/retail seafood dealer to sell fully cooked for immediate consumption to consumers Retail Seafood Dealer License and applicable transport license $105 resident, $405 nonresident
Are a commercial fisherman selling wild crawfish to anyone who doesn’t have a Louisiana Wholesale/Retail Dealer License (besides consumers) or transporting your catch out-of-state Wholesale/Retail Seafood Dealer License $250 resident, $1,105 nonresident
Are a commercial fisherman selling wild crawfish directly to consumers within the state Fresh Products License $20 resident, $120 nonresident. A $5 Resident Fresh Products-Spouse License is also available for a commercial fisherman’s spouse to sell directly to consumers.

Transporters and Shippers

To operate any commercial transport vehicle and load, unload, or transport seafood, you must have one of the following LDWF-issued licenses:
If you: You must have a: Notes:
Are a commercial fisherman transporting your catch to a wholesale/retail dealer Commercial Fisherman’s License $55 resident, $460 nonresident
Are a licensed wholesale/retail seafood dealer delivering seafood Seafood Transport License $30 for residents and nonresidents
Are a licensed retail seafood dealer picking up seafood from a wholesale/retail dealer and transporting it to your place of business Seafood Transport License $30 for residents and nonresidents
Are transporting a licensed commercial fisherman’s catch to a wholesale/retail dealer for sale Seafood Transport License $30 for residents and nonresidents
Are a wholesale/retail seafood dealer Seafood Transport License puchased with the dealer license $30 for residents and nonresidents
Ship seafood out of state Wholesale/Retail Seafood Dealer License OR Transport License purchased in connection with the dealer license

Dealer License: $250 resident; $1,105 nonresident

Transport License: $30 for residents and nonresidents