Wandering around a Commercial Fishing Industry

Wandering around a Commercial Fishing Industry

Louisiana is the second largest state for commercial fishing in the country, second only to Alaska. In 2012, over 1.6 million pounds of fish were landed in Louisiana, only slightly less than the more than 1.7 million landed in 2011. In fact, the majority of seafood harvested from the Gulf of Mexico lands in Louisiana.

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Types of Seafood

Although fish make up the majority of the seafood caught in Louisiana, other types of seafood make up a large portion of the economy as well. Fish, such as trout, snapper, grouper and tuna are harvested each year, while blue crabs, shrimp and oysters make up much of the shellfish market in the state. Commercial fishermen also harvest crawfish and finfish from the freshwaters in the state.

Commercial Fishing Requirements

In Louisiana, the definition of a commercial fisherman is anyone who derives income from harvesting fish, although prizes in tournaments or contests are not considered income. Anyone who engages in the sale of seafood must possess a valid commercial fishing license, available from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Anyone engaged in commercial fishing must have the license on the vessel, and anyone operating a vessel for the purpose of commercial fishing must also have a valid gear license if they are fishing below the saltwater line.

Special Regulations

Commercial fishermen who are harvesting particular types of seafood also must obtain special permits. These include:

•Oysters – Oyster Harvester’s License
•Mullet with Mullet Strike Net – Mullet Permit
•Mussels – Mussel Harvester Permit
•Spotted Sea Trout – Spotted Sea Trout Permit
•Shark – Shark Permit
•Pompano – Pompano Permit

Vessels harvesting oysters in some areas must also carry an Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit.

There are other regulations related to commercial fishing in Louisiana, and more information is available online or at places like Alario Brothers. This commercial fishing store is where you can find gear and information about the commercial fishing industry in Louisiana.


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12 thoughts on “Wandering around a Commercial Fishing Industry

  1. i love seafoods! lucky we move here in malaysia and all seafoods are cheap even beef too in the wet market! my husband loves grouper and snapper we always eat oyster in buffets

  2. wow, they have permits by types of fish and seafood. I kinda expect that commercial fishing would be regulated in the US. Though I’m glad we’re not as strict here ’cause what will happen to the small fishermen if we’re that strict with fishing.

  3. I go fishing and I had to get license for it and it is good for a year. With the type of permit I have, I know I can catch any fish. I only go to Lake Michigan so I am not sure If I need permit for other type of fish if I go somewhere. I probably do. It’s fun visiting fish port and I did that when I was in Philippines. I have seen big tuna fish in Gensan

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