2019 LDWF Commercial Fishing Regs - Page 7



Commercial Harvesters
To take or possess shrimp, crab, oysters or finfish in Louisiana waters or gather reptiles and/or amphibians for commercial purposes, you must
have one or more of the following licenses issued by LDWF. You also must have additional licenses and permits to harvest some species, use
certain gears and/or operate in federal waters (see each species section for details).
If you:
You must have a/an:
Fees and notes:
Operate a commercial
fishing vessel
Commercial Fisherman
License OR Senior
Commercial Fisherman
License (if a resident age 70
or older)
$55 resident, $460 nonresident; senior: $20 resident (includes all gear licenses
except annual shrimp gear fee). License is personal and not transferable. It allows
you to transport and sell your catch to any licensed wholesale/retail seafood
dealer in Louisiana. If you transport your catch out of state, sell to a retail seafood
dealer, restaurant or retail grocer or purchase fish for resale, you must become a
licensed Wholesale/Retail Seafood Dealer. You must have a Fresh Products License
to transport and sell your catch to a consumer within in the state.
Gather reptiles and
amphibians for sale
Reptile and Amphibian
Collector License
$25 resident/$10 resident under age 16, $200 nonresident
Use or possess
commercial fishing gear
Commercial Gear License
You must have a license for each piece of gear you’re using, unless otherwise
noted. See specific species section for details. Gear licenses are temporarily
transferable between licensed commercial fishermen of the same residency
status, EXCEPT crab trap gear licenses are not transferable. Nonresidents may not
purchase licenses for gear that is prohibited in their home state.
Have a vessel fishing
commercially in the
saltwater areas of
Louisiana
Vessel License
$15 resident, $60 nonresident; this license is specific to the individual’s vessel and
must be in the vessel owner’s name.
Sell your catch to anyone
who doesn’t have a
Wholesale/Retail Seafood
Dealer License (besides
consumers) or transport
your catch out of state
Wholesale/Retail Seafood
Dealer License
$250 resident, $1,105 nonresident
Sell your catch directly
to consumers within
Louisiana
Fresh Products License
$20 resident, $120 nonresident. Your spouse may purchase a Fresh Products Spouse License for $5 to sell directly to consumers.
Dealers, Retailers and Processors
To purchase, resell or process seafood products, bait, reptiles or amphibians in Louisiana, you must have one of the following licenses issued
by LDWF, unless otherwise noted. You also must have additional licenses and/or permits to buy, sell or process some species (see each species
section for details).
If you:
You must have a/an:
Fees and notes:
Buy, acquire or handle
seafood products or bait
from licensed commercial
fishermen or wholesale/
retail seafood dealers
from in or out of the state
for sale or resale
Wholesale/Retail Seafood
Dealer Business License OR
Wholesale/Retail Seafood
Dealer Vehicle License if
selling from a vehicle
$250 resident, $1,105 nonresident. You may buy from licensed commercial
fishermen and licensed wholesale/retail dealers in Louisiana and from out of state.
When buying seafood products for which a permit is required (mullet, reef fish,
spotted seatrout, shark, tuna, etc.), you may only buy from commercial fishermen
who have the required permit. There are no restrictions on whom you may sell to.
You are also licensed to transport fish.
Buy, acquire or handle
seafood products from
a licensed Louisiana
wholesale/retail seafood
dealer for sale to
consumers for personal or
household use
Retail Seafood Dealer
Business License OR Retail
Seafood Dealer Vehicle
License if selling from a
vehicle
$105 resident, $405 nonresident. You may only buy from licensed wholesale/retail
dealers in Louisiana and only sell directly to consumers for personal or household
use. You may ship seafood products within and out of Louisiana to consumers for
personal or household use. To buy from out of state, you must have a Wholesale/
Retail Seafood Dealer License (see above). Restaurants and grocers are exempt
from these license requirements if they only sell fully prepared seafood products
for immediate consumption.
Buy, acquire or handle for
resale or sell any native
reptiles or amphibians,
including those reared in
captivity
Reptile and Amphibian
Wholesale/Retail Dealer
License
$105 resident, $405 nonresident. Nonresidents may instead purchase a ThreeDay Reptile and Amphibian Wholesale/Retail Dealer License ($75; valid for three
consecutive days). Licensed wholesale/retail seafood dealers are exempt from this
license requirement.
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