2019 LDWF Commercial Fishing Regs - Page 12



Turtle Excluder Devices
State and federal law require all shrimpers fishing with powered or mechanically-retrieved otter trawls (except test nets with headrope lengths
of 12 feet or less) to equip them with turtle excluder devices (TEDs), which allow incidentally captured turtles to escape the nets.
In lieu of TEDs, shrimpers fishing with test trawls and skimmer and butterfly nets must limit their tow times to 75 minutes from Nov. 1 - March
31 and 55 minutes from April 1 - Oct. 31 to reduce potential impacts on sea turtles.
Go to go.usa.gov/xKJ74 for the latest TED regulations and guidelines for complying with them. Email Michael.Barnette@noaa.gov or call
727.551.5794 with any TED-related questions.
Restricted & Closed Areas
Some areas, including wildlife refuges, wildlife management areas (WMAs) and habitat conservation areas, may be closed to certain gear types,
methods and/or times of day and may have different possession limits. Some are closed to shrimping altogether. These restrictions and closures
help protect developing shrimp populations and reduce conflicts among users. See www.wlf.la.gov/fishing/commercial-shrimp for details.
Shrimper/Crab Trap Interactions
If you catch an unserviceable crab trap, you must keep it on your vessel and properly dispose of it onshore. If you catch a serviceable crab trap
without a float, return it to the water with a common float (a white, plastic, one-gallon or larger bleach bottle).
Shrimp Excise Tax
Louisiana collects an excise tax on all saltwater shrimp harvested
from state waters as well as all shrimp imported into the state. Taxes
apply as follows:
• 15 cents per barrel of 210 pounds of head-on, unpeeled shrimp
• 15 cents per barrel of 125 pounds of headless, unpeeled shrimp
• 15 cents per barrel of 75 pounds of headless, peeled shrimp
The first wholesale/retail seafood dealer who receives the shrimp
must pay this tax. For imported shrimp brought to cold storage, the
dealer storing, brokering or distributing the shrimp must pay the tax.
Taxes are deposited in Louisiana’s Conservation Fund and support
LDWF’s Law Enforcement Division and its operations.
Live Bait Shrimp
To commercially harvest shrimp for live bait, you must have a Special
Bait Dealer Permit, which allows you to harvest shrimp for bait at any
time. The requirements for this permit include:
• A permit application and fee.
• $1,000 cash bond, which must be forfeited if anyone associated
with the permit violates any of the permit requirements or any
commercial fishing laws and regulations.
• Background check for previous wildlife or fisheries violations.
• Inspection of live bait holding facilities (onshore and on vessel).
• Proper signage on the vessel identifying that the vessel is working
under the bait permit.
• Public notice that live bait is available.

Use of an approved, fully operational vessel monitoring system
(VMS) onboard the vessel if harvesting bait shrimp at night.
• Recordkeeping and reporting.
You may only use the following gear under this permit:
• One trawl no more than 25 feet along the cork line and 33 feet
along the lead line
• Two skimmer nets with individual nets no more than 16 feet
measured horizontally, 12 feet measured vertically or 20 feet
measure diagonally
For more information, visit www.wlf.la.gov/permit/special-bait-dealerpermit.
Gear Requirements
TRAWLS
Mesh
Must be at least 5/8-inch bar or 1-1/4 inches stretched mesh. Must be at least 3/4-inch bar or 1.5 inches stretched mesh during
the fall inshore shrimp season from the western shore of Vermilion Bay and Southwest Pass at Marsh Island to the Atchafalaya
River.
Size and
Number
• Inside Waters: Regulations permit one trawl measuring 50 feet long or less along the cork line and 66 feet long or less along the
lead line; two trawls not exceeding 25 feet each along the cork line and 33 feet along the lead line, with trawl doors no more
than 8 feet long and 43 inches high; OR two trawls not exceeding 25 feet each along the cork line and 33 feet along the lead
line, with no more than two outer trawl doors no larger than 8 feet long and 43 inches high and no more than two inner sled
doors. Each vessel may also pull a test trawl.*
• Outside Waters: A vessel’s nets may not exceed a total of 130 feet of cork line and 165 feet of lead line, in addition to one test
trawl.*
• Breton and Chandeleur Sounds: Regulations permit two trawls, each measuring no more than 65 feet long along the cork line
and no more than 82 feet long along the lead line, plus one test trawl.*
• Federal Waters: Up to four trawls of any size plus one test trawl.
*A test trawl is no more than 16 feet long along the cork line or 20 feet long along the lead line.
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