LDWF implemented Louisiana’s trip ticket program in 1999. The program requires that wholesale/retail seafood dealers and wholesale/retail reptile and amphibian dealers purchasing or accepting transfers of catch from commercial fishermen or reptile/amphibian collectors submit trip tickets to LDWF. Trip tickets capture information about the catch—what it is, where it was caught, how it was caught, and how much was caught. Fresh products license holders (commercial fishermen licensed to sell their catch directly to consumers) are also required to submit trip tickets.
The information provided on trip tickets is completely confidential and protected under state and federal law. LDWF uses this information to improve assessments of fish populations and inform management.
Note that dealers with federal permits must report landings electronically through approved reporting methods every week.
Requirements and Instructions
When a licensed commercial fisherman or reptile and amphibian collector sells or transfers his catch to a wholesale/retail dealer, he must present his license for license verification and provide the dealer with information necessary to complete a commercial trip ticket.
The dealer must record the sale or transfer on a three-part LDWF-issued trip ticket form and include the following information:
- The fisherman’s or collector’s name and license number
- The dealer’s name and license number
- Transaction date
- Gear and vessel used
- Primary location of where the fish/reptiles/amphibians were caught (according to LDWF-issued trip ticket maps)
- Duration of the fishing trip
- Species identification
- Quantity and units of each species
- Size and condition of each species
- Unit price of each species.
The fisherman/collector and dealer must both sign each trip ticket attesting that the information is correct. The dealer retains one part of the trip ticket, provides the fisherman/collector with one part, and submits one part to LDWF.
When a commercial fisherman sells his catch under a Fresh Products License, he must record all information required on the commercial trip ticket, using his Fresh Products License number in place of the dealer license number. The commercial fisherman must sign each trip ticket, as both the dealer and commercial fisherman, attesting that the information provided is correct.
On or before the 10th of each month, dealers and fresh products license holders must submit all trip tickets to LDWF from the previous month. A monthly submission sheet must accompany these trip tickets, certifying that the submitted trip tickets represent all of the dealer’s transactions with commercial fishermen/reptile and amphibian collectors for that month. Dealers that shed crabs or operate a shedding facility must also complete a monthly crab shedder sheet.
All trip ticket forms and monthly submission sheets must be submitted in their original form, completed in blue or black ink. No copies are accepted. Submit forms to:
Trip Ticket Program
PO Box 80337
Baton Rouge, LA 70898-0337
LDWF provides all trip ticket forms, monthly submission sheets, and crab shedder sheets to dealers, crab shedders, and fresh products license holders at no cost. However, obtaining these forms is your responsibility. Trip tickets are assigned to individuals and cannot be shared.
Because it is your legal responsibility to report all transactions, do not wait until you run out of forms before requesting new forms. Instead, we recommend keep a 6-month supply of forms on-hand. To request more forms, call 225.763.3588 between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.
To receive a summary of your submitted trip ticket data, please fill out and submit the following forms:
Electronic Trip Tickets
Free computerized trip ticket data entry software is also available for wholesale/retail seafood and reptile/amphibian dealers. This electronic trip ticket program completely replaces the paper ticket system. It electronically collects and sends all information required by the state, tracks all monies owed and paid to commercial fishermen/reptile and amphibian collectors, tracks deductions, generates reports, prints checks, and exports data.
Note that dealers must still mail LDWF a copy of their monthly submission sheet generated by the electronic program and a completed electronic signature log by the 10th of each month for the preceding month.
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