Shrimping in Zone 2 of Louisiana will close Friday 6/23/2017

NOAA SHRIMP STATISTICS 2013 thru May 2017 can be viewed by clicking here

Audubon Nature Institute's Gulf United for Lasting Fisheries (G.U.L.F.) Program is preparing to enter the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) Benchmarking process and will be conducting a review of existing Standards and documents, as well as developing additional components for the G.U.L.F. Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification Scheme. As a part of this review, the G.U.L.F. Program is pleased to announce a 60-day public comment period. For more information on the public comment process and/or to submit comments, please click here.

The United States Coast Guard is seeking comments on Coast Guard regulations, guidance documents, and interpretative documents that you believe should be repealed, replaced, or modified. Also, we welcome your comments on our approved collections of information, regardless of whether the collection is associated with a regulation. We are taking this action in response to Executive Orders 13771, Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs; 13777, Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda; and 13783, Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth. We plan to use your comments to assist us in our work with the Department of Homeland Security's Regulatory Reform Task Force.
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Turtle Excluder Devices (TED) and tow time restrictions REMINDER:
We would like to remind you and make you aware that Turtle Excluder Devices (TED) and tow time restrictions are required in Louisiana waters. Federal regulations, which are enforced by U.S. Coast Guard, NOAA Fisheries and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, require any shrimp trawler in the Atlantic Area or Gulf Area to have an approved TED installed in each net that is rigged for fishing. However, certain exemptions to these requirements may apply (e.g. vessels without power or mechanical means of net retrieval, test trawls, skimmer and butterfly nets in compliance with tow time restrictions). A net is rigged for fishing if it is in the water, or if it is shackled, tied, or otherwise connected to any trawl door or board, or to any tow rope, cable, pole or extension, either on board or attached in any manner to the shrimp trawler.
Skimmer and butterfly nets are exempt from TED use; however, federal regulations require skimmer and butterfly net fishermen to limit tow times if they do not use TEDs. The tow time is measured from the time the cod-end of the net enters the water until it is removed from the water. Maximum tow times are 55 minutes from April 1 – October 31 and increase to 75 minutes from November 1 – March 31.
This is the link to the United States Coast Pilot, that is published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). It is a series of nine nautical books (volumes) that encompasses a wide variety of information important to navigators of US coastal/intracoastal waters and the waters of the Great Lakes. The Coast Pilot is intended to be used as a supplement to NOAA nautical charts. Coast Pilot 5 - 45th Edition, 2017 covers the Gulf of Mexico from Key West, FL to the Rio Grande, including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.Click here to view the Coast Guard Pilot 5- 45th Edition

NOAA Fisheries Releases Fisheries Economics of the U.S. and Status of Stocks Reports NOAA Fisheries announced the release of two new reports: the Annual Report to Congress on the Status of U.S. Fisheries and the 2015 Fisheries Economics of the United States Report. These reports highlight the continued rebuilding and recovery of U.S. fisheries and the broad economic impact of commercial and recreational fisheries on the U.S. economy. To read or download these reports please click here.

Proposed Inside/Outside Shrimp Line Changes
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries (LDWF) is proposing to update the Inside/Outside Shrimp Line, using 2015 satellite data to re-draw the line for the entire coast. This line separates the ‘inside or inshore’ waters from the ‘offshore waters or territorial seas’. LDWF is now asking for public comment on the proposed new line to provide your input to the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. Click on image for more information. Click here for more information!

Louisiana Artificial Reef Program to Consider Proposals for Special Artificial Reef Sites- The Artificial Reef Council approved lifting the SARS moratorium. They also agreed to include subtracting area with higher shrimp trawl effort if they do develop new SARS, and to use AIS, and for the Artificial Reef Program to distribute coordinates for completed reefs as soon as possible. All proposals will be presented to the Shrimp Task Force. Amendment II and a flowchart detailing the SARS process can be found at:

LDWF warning on the transport of Roseau cane,scale insect infestation- A small scale insect or scale has been found on the Roseau cane in Plaquemines Parish. This has prompted a warning from the LDWF and the LSU AgCenter to to not transport or transplant Roseau cane into other parts of the state. That warn that this "could impact agriculture crops such as sugar cane and sorghum. It could have significant economic impacts to agriculture crops and native vegetation. So it is vital the cane not be moved."

An updated Description by Benny J. Gallaway, W. J. Gazey & J. G. Cole, of the Red Snapper Shrimp Trawl Bycatch Management Actions in the Gulf of Mexico confirms that natural mortality of these young fish is much higher than previously thought, and that the shrimp trawl fishery only accounts for 4% of the total mortality of juvenile red snapper. Download Article

Trump’s New Buy America Executive Order- On April 18th, President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order to strengthen the Buy America component of the U.S. government’s procurement process. The Buy America program will create new jobs in the Gulf shrimp communities of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and across the country. We strongly support the President and his efforts in doing this.

President Trumps new Commerce Department Secretary Wilbur Ross has a project to MAKE AMERICA FIRST ON SEAFOOD. He plans to reduce America’s reliance on seafood imports. Mr Ross stated, “Given the enormity of our coastlines, given the enormity of our freshwater, I would like to try to figure out how we can become much more self-sufficient in fishing and perhaps even a net exporter”

Southern Shrimp Alliance has filed an EAPA allegation- They are alleging that certain importers are evading anti-dumping orders/duties. LSA has sent an email to SSA in support of their efforts to have this investigated.We believe that the US Customs and Boarder Protection (CBP) should broaden their investigations into all seafood imports entering the United States.

LSA supports President Trump's executive orders this morning aimed at combating foreign trade abuses that contribute to the US's half-trillion-dollar trade deficit.
Trump's executive orders will initiate a large-scale review of the causes of the US's trade deficits, ordering stricter enforcement of US anti-dumping laws. Briefing reporters at the White House on Thursday, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Peter Navarro, director of the National Trade Council, reiterated that "these actions are designed to let the world know that this is another step in the president fulfilling his campaign promise to (tackle trade abuses)." As a result of the first executive order, the Commerce Department and US trade representative will compile a thorough accounting of the US's trade deficits with its top trading partners within 90 days. The report will look to determine the extent to which the US trade deficit is a factor of cheating, unfair trading practices and currency imbalances. Ross said the report would "form the basis" for further actions by the Trump administration to tackle trade imbalances. The second executive order will seek to bolster US agencies' authority to combat dumping by foreign companies and countries, which is a form of trade cheating. $2.8 billion in import taxes imposed against violators of US anti-dumping laws have gone uncollected since 2001.

Thank you to all members and guest that attended the 2017 Annual Memership Meeting. Click here to view photos

Become Louisiana Certified

  • "The primary mission of the Louisiana Seafood Certification Program is to build a unified brand to attract consumers as well as foodservice and seafood distribution buyers who want to be sure they’re sourcing the best-tasting seafood in the world—Louisiana Seafood." The basic requirements along with instruction on how to apply to become a Louisiana Seafood Certified Program participant can be found here- Louisiana Certification Program

    Our Goal

    • is to incorporate the participation of everyone involved in the Shrimp Industry, and to preserve the culture and heritage of the traditional Louisiana Shrimper. We invite anyone interested in helping LSA with this cause to send an email to


  • Gulf Council 2017 update DOWNLOAD

  • Download the "Gulf Fishery News" which is a publication of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council.

  • USDA worries about high number of imported seafood shipment rejections

  • Shrimp Story- from Louisiana Direct Seafood. Read More

  • Earn a reward when you catch a tagged crab! Nicholls University is tagging and releasing 31,000 crabs to track their movements and better understand this valuable species. Read More

  • Renew your Commercial Fishing License online.
  • Commercial Fishermen Louisiana Sales Tax Exemption Form

  • Buy domestic USA wild caught shrimp,
    buy Louisiana Certified!

    Educate and inform your neighbors!
    Friends don't let friends eat imported shrimp!