Harvester Licenses and Fees
To harvest shrimp commercially in Louisiana’s waters, you must have the following licenses issued by LDWF:
- A commercial fisherman’s license ($55 resident, $460 nonresident)*
- A vessel license in the vessel owner’s name ($15 resident, $60 nonresident), unless shrimping with legal land-based gear. If using a boat to transport shrimp harvested with land-based gear, you must have a vessel license.
Licenses for the fishing gear you’re using*:
- For each shrimp trawl ($25 resident, $100 nonresident)
- For each butterfly net ($25 resident, $100 nonresident)
- For each skimmer net ($25 resident, $100 nonresident)
- For each cast net ($25 resident, $100 nonresident)
*If you are a Louisiana resident, age 70 or older, you may instead purchase a combination senior commercial fisherman and gear license for $20. Gear fees are not included.
Commercial fishermen may receive a "certified" endorsement to their commercial fisherman's license. To receive this endorsement from LDWF, you must have a notarized statement from your tax preparer certifying that based upon your most recent federal income tax return, you earns at least 50% of your income from commercial fishing activities.
Commercial fishing vessel owners may qualify for a certificate of exemption and shall be exempt from state sales, use, lease and services taxes through the Department of Revenues under provisions of R.S. 47:305.20.
You must pay an annual gear fee ($10 resident, $40 nonresident).
To commercially harvest shrimp and croaker for live bait during a closed shrimp season, you must have a Special Bait Dealer Permit ($110). See Live Bait Shrimp section for details.
To sell shrimp you have caught to anyone other than a Louisiana licensed wholesale/retail seafood dealer (besides consumers) or transport your catch out-of-state, you must have a Seafood Wholesale/Retail Dealer’s License ($250 resident, $1,105 nonresident).
To sell shrimp 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.
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.
To harvest shrimp in federal waters, you must have a federal shrimp permit issued by NOAA Fisheries. There is a moratorium on these permits; you may only apply for one if an original permit is transferred to you. Contact NOAA Fisheries at 877-376-4877 or click here.
Dealers, Retailers and Transporters Licenses and Fees
|To purchase and resell shrimp in Louisiana, you must have one of the following LDWF-issued licenses:|
|If you:||You must have:||Notes:|
|Buy shrimp, including bait, in Louisiana from commercial fishermen for sale or resale||A Wholesale/Retail Seafood Dealer License||$250 resident, $1,105 nonresident. There are no restrictions on whom these licenseholders may sell seafood to.|
|Buy shrimp from a licensed wholesale/retail seafood dealer for sale to consumers for personal or household use||A Retail Seafood Dealer License||$105 resident, $405 nonresident|
|Are a commercial fisherman selling shrimp to anyone who doesn’t have a Wholesale/Retail Seafood Dealer License (besides consumers) or transporting your catch out-of-state||A Wholesale/Retail Seafood Dealer License||$250 resident, $1,105 nonresident|
|Are a commercial fisherman selling shrimp directly to consumers within the state||A 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.|
|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:||Notes:|
|Are a commercial fisherman transporting your catch to a wholesale/retail dealer||A Commercial Fisherman’s License||$55 resident, $460 nonresident|
|Are a licensed wholesale/retail seafood dealer delivering seafood||A 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 business||A Seafood Transport License||$30 for residents and nonresidents|
|Are transporting a commercial fisherman’s catch to a wholesale/retail dealer for sale||A Seafood Transport License||$30 for residents and nonresidents|
|Are a wholesale/retail seafood dealer||A Wholesale/Retail Seafood Dealer Vehicle License||$250 resident, $1,105 nonresident. Applies for all dealer’s commercial transport activities.|
|Ship seafood out of state||A Wholesale/Retail Seafood Dealer License OR a Transport License purchased with the dealer license||
Dealer License: $250 resident; $1,105 nonresident
Transport License: $30 for residents and nonresidents