Louisiana's commercial fisheries are a vital part of the state’s economy. One out of every 70 jobs in Louisiana is related to the seafood industry, which as a whole has an economic impact of over $2.4 billion annually for Louisiana. Many of these jobs are in family-owned and operated companies that have worked for generations to bring the finest seafood to the tables of the world. In addition, our bait and reduction fisheries, as well as the reptile and amphibian collecting markets, are significant sources of commercial value. Our menhaden (pogy) reduction fishery alone lands more than 500 million pounds each year. Below, dealers, retailers, processors, and transporters of these products can find links to quickly navigate the rules and regulations of these industries.
LDWF 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 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. LDWF uses this information to improve assessments of fish populations and inform management.
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Dealers with federal permits must report landings electronically through approved reporting methods every week.
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