Landings: In 2009, almost 53 million pounds of blue crab were landed in Louisiana. The blue crab fishery operates the entire year, but typically has the highest landings from May through August, and the lowest landings in February and March.
Percent contribution by month of Louisiana blue crab Callinectes sapidus hard crab landings from the LDWF Trip Ticket Program, 1999-2009.
Harvest occurs statewide across the coast, with the Pontchartrain and Terrebonne basins providing the highest portion of the landings, followed closely by Barataria and Atchafalaya/Teche/Vermilion.
Soft shell crabs are harvested as well, either directly from the fishery or as “peelers”, hard crabs that are showing
signs of molting.
In 2009, the blue crab harvest in Louisiana was worth over 36 million dollars.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is responsible for monitoring the state’s blue crab fishery. In 2011, the Department released a stock assessment defining limits and targets for the fishery. The limits are defined by the population analysis, using all known available data.
Biomass is currently at a sustainable level.
Values taken from LA Blue Crab Stock Assessment 2011