Licenses and Fees

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, a vessel license is required.

• 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)

Commercial fishermen may receive a "certified" endorsement to their commercial fisherman's license. In order to receive this endorsement from the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, a notarized statement from the fisherman's tax preparer certifying that based upon his most recent federal income tax return, the individual earns at least 50 % of his 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.

*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.

You must pay an annual one-time gear fee ($10 resident, $40 nonresident).

To commercially harvest shrimp live shrimp and croaker for bait during closed shrimp season. You must have a Special Bait Dealers Permit, See live shrimp section.

To sell shrimp 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 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 harvest shrimp in federal waters, you must have a federal shrimp permit issued by NOAA Fisheries Service.  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.

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.

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