Dealers and retailers must keep records of the following for 3 years:
- The quantity and species of shrimp you purchase
- The date you purchase the shrimp
- The full name and license and/or permit number of the commercial fisherman, wholesale/retail dealer, or out-of-state seller from whom you purchase the shrimp
- The quantity and species of shrimp you sell and the name and license number of the person to whom you sell it
- Quantity and species of shrimp and the date you sell to consumers
Dealers and retailers purchasing from commercial fishermen or anyone other than a licensed wholesale/retail seafood dealer or fresh products license holder must report these transactions every month on LDWF-issued trip tickets, documenting information about the purchase, including what it is, where and how it was caught, shrimp sizes and quantities, etc.
Commercial fishermen who sell their catch directly to consumers (fresh products license holders) are also required to complete and submit trip tickets with this information.
This information provides fishery scientists with gear and area specific catch information that improves the accuracy of stock assessments and provides fishery managers with information on impacts of environmental changes and events (such as hurricanes) on the fishery. This information may also be used to qualify eligibility for certain assistance programs.