The following is asummary of some of the house and senate bills that could affect the fishing industry. Details, current status, and full text can be found at http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/BillSearch.aspx.
HB198: St. Germain Status: Pending Legislative Bureau; Passed House
FISHING/CRABS: Increases fees for participation in the commercial crab fishery from $35 to $50 for a resident commercial crab trap gear license. Nonresident gear license fees would increase to $200.
HB303: Gisclair. Status: Passed House and Senate; Signed by the Speaker
FISHING/FINFISH: Provides relative to the method of determination of a stock assessment for black drum, sheepshead, and flounder.
HB332: Billiot Status: Passed House and Senate; Signed by the Speaker
FISHING/CRABS: Expands eligibility for a commercial crab trap gear license to holders of a seafood dealer’s license who can document appropriate crab landings between 2011 and 2014.
HB341: Garofalo Status: Passed House and Senate
FISHING/OYSTERS: Provides for additional penalties for unauthorized taking of oysters from leased acreage.
HB438: Lambert Status: Pending House Natural Resources
FISHING/CRAWFISH: Sets penalties for minimum size violations for live crawfish sold for direct human consumption
HB579: Garofalo Status: Pending Legislative Bureau
FISHING/OYSTERS: Increases lease rental rates for oysters leases from $2 to $3 per acre per year.
HB668: Hill Status: Pending Legislative Bureau; Passed House.
FISHING/SHRIMP: Repeals the prohibition on enforcement of the federal rules on the use of turtle excluder devices in shrimp trawls used in state waters.
HB680: Leopold Status: Pending House Natural Resources
FISHING/OYSTERS: Provides relative to private oyster leases on privately owned water bottoms.
HCR104: Dove Status: Pending Senate floor action; Passed House
FISHING/OYSTERS: Creates the Oyster Lease Moratorium Lifting Committee
HCR138: Lambert Status: Involuntarily deferred in House Natural Resources FISHING/CRAWFISH: Creates a study committee to study issues surrounding both the farm-raised and wild-caught crawfish industries.
HCR140:Lambert Status: Pending Senate Natural Resources
FISHING/CRAWFISH: Urges the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to examine the issue of a wild-caught crawfish fishing season.
SB254: Crowe Status: Pending Senate Natural Resources
WILDLIFE/FISHERIES DEPT: Authorizes an alternative for identification for the purchase of a resident fishing and hunting license.
SCR66: Chabert Status: Sent to the Secretary of State
FISH/FISHING: Memorializes Congress to take action against illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing in Louisiana’s sovereign waters by passing H.R. 774, the Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing Enforcement Act of 2015.