The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission passed a notice of intent at their meeting today to implement a professionalism program for new entrants into the Louisiana crab fishery. This program was designed in close cooperation with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Louisiana Crab Task Force.
Today’s notice of intent will establish the requirements needed to complete the program, including:
- Education in the proper fishing techniques necessary for the health and sustainability of crabs; proper techniques for the best capture and presentation of the crabs for marketability
- Proper instructions regarding the placement, tending, and maintenance of crab traps to reduce potential conflicts with other user groups
- Authorizes the program to include a mandatory apprenticeship program
To view the notice of intent in its entirety, click here:
Public comment will be accepted at the LWFC monthly meetings through September 1. Comments will also be accepted by email to Jason Froeba at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to Jason Froeba, Office of Fisheries Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries, P.O. Box 9800, Baton Rouge, LA, 70898.