2020 LDWF Recreational Fishing Regulations - Page 39



OTHER RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES
RECREATIONAL SHRIMPING
LICENSE REQUIREMENTS
CAST NET LICENSE REQUIREMENTS
1. Basic Fishing License
TRAWL LICENSE REQUIREMENTS
1. Basic Fishing License
2. Saltwater License*
3. Trawl License
4. Federal Shrimp Vessel Permit required for vessels fishing shrimp in federal waters of
the Gulf of Mexico (EEZ)
No license required for use of bait seines and dip nets.
* A saltwater license only needs to be purchased if planning to fish in the saltwater area as
described in 56:322(A)&(B)
HARVEST AREAS
For management purposes, Louisiana’s
state waters are divided into inside and
outside waters. The “shrimp line” separates
these waters. It generally follows the coastline from the Louisiana/Texas state line to
the Louisiana/Mississippi state line. Inside
waters (landward of the shrimp line) are
inshore waters; outside waters (seaward
out to three nautical miles) are the territorial seas. Inside waters are further divided
by major estuarine basin. Changes to the
current shrimp line were approved by the
Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission
in March 2018. The changes became effective Sept. 1, 2018 and can be found in LAC
76:370 or at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/
amended_shrimp_line. The Louisiana
Wildlife and Fisheries Commission
(Commission) may amend the shrimp line
due to environmental changes. See the latest coordinates at www.wlf.la.gov/fishing/
insideoutside-shrimp-line.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and
Fisheries (LDWF), the Commission, and the
Louisiana Legislature are responsible for
managing the shrimp fishery in inshore
waters and the territorial seas. The Gulf of
Mexico Fishery Management Council and
NOAA Fisheries are responsible for federal
waters.
SEASONS
Trawls cannot be used for any purpose in
state waters during the closed shrimp season. Shrimp seasons are flexible and are
determined by the Louisiana Wildlife and
Fisheries Commission based upon biological and technical data relative to shrimp
populations as well as public input. The
spring inshore season usually begins in
early to mid May, and may extend into July.
The fall inshore season usually begins near
mid-August and typically extends into
December. The shrimp season in Louisiana’s
outside territorial waters is generally open
year round EXCEPT for a closed season in
portions of state outside waters, which may
be set during the late winter to early spring
months, usually beginning in December or
January and extending into March or April.
The shrimp season in the EEZ is usually
open year-round.
NOTE: Restricted areas exist within WMAs,
refuges and other areas and may be closed
to certain gear types or methods of fishing.
Check with your local LDWF Office or refer
to the WMA and Refuge section of this
pamphlet.
www.wlf.louisiana.gov
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