To sell your catches directly to consumers in Louisiana, you need a commercial fisherman's license and a fresh produce license from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF). A secondary fresh produce license allows the angler to continue fishing while their spouse sells the catch. The department will monitor the catch statistics for spotted sea trout and will notify the commission when it is determined that the quota has been reached or is expected to be reached. When the quota has been reached or is expected to be reached, the commission will close, by public notice, the spotted sea trout fishery to all commercial fishing in Louisiana waters.
The closure will not take effect for at least seventy-two hours after notification to the public. The closure and the notice of closure will establish that the purchase, bartering, trading, or sale of spotted sea trout caught in Louisiana waters after the closure is prohibited. The closure and the closure notice will also establish that the commercial capture or landing of spotted sea trout in Louisiana, caught inside or outside Louisiana territorial waters, is prohibited after the closure. The closure and the closure notice will also establish that no vessel that owns or fishes a seine net, gillnet, trammel net or hoop net will have a spotted sea trout aboard the vessel, whether caught inside or outside the state's waters.
Nothing in this section shall be considered to prohibit the possession of legally caught fish prior to the closure order. The commercial capture or sale of spotted sea trout by a commercial fisherman is prohibited, except by a special permit issued by the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries at a cost of one hundred dollars for residents of this state and four hundred dollars for non-residents. No person may purchase spotted sea trout from any commercial fisherman who does not have a permit to fish for spotted sea trout. No person may apply for a chartered boat fishing guide license and a spotted sea trout permit during the same license period.
C) The applicant must not have been convicted of any fishing-related offence that constitutes a class three or higher offence. The commission will adopt rules and regulations for commercial fishers to enter the commercial speckled sea trout fishery. Such rules shall include the provisions of paragraph () of this subsection as minimum requirements. The department will not issue or receive any person more than one permit or license to fish for spotted sea trout for commercial purposes.
A) For the first offence, the offender will lose any spotted sea trout permit or commercial fishing license issued to him and will be prohibited from obtaining a spotted sea trout permit or commercial fishing license for the rest of the period for which it was issued plus one year, during which the offender will be prohibited from participating in any spotted sea trout fishery. B) For a second offence, the offender will lose any spotted sea trout permit or commercial fishing license issued to him and will be prohibited from obtaining a spotted sea trout permit or commercial fishing license for the rest of the period for which it was issued plus two years, during which the offender will be prohibited from participating in any spotted sea trout fishery. C) For a third offence, the offender will forfeit any spotted sea trout permit or commercial fishing license issued to him and will be forever prohibited from obtaining a spotted sea trout permit or commercial fishing license and participating in the spotted sea trout fishery. Any person who participates in the speckled sea trout fishery while it is prohibited will be punished under the provisions of a class 7-B offence.
The LDWF, together with the Louisiana Fish and Wildlife Commission and the Louisiana Legislature, use all of this data to establish regulations for the collection of reptiles and amphibians, such as licensing requirements, legal methods of collection, seasons and enclosed areas, and limits on size and possession, in order to keep these populations healthy and available for generations to come. During the open season and at any time during the closing season, if that person also holds a basic recreational fishing license and a saltwater fishing license. Through the Louisiana Wild Shellfish Certification Program, the LDWF aims to create a brand that guarantees the origin of seafood caught in the wild state of Louisiana. The LDWF and Louisiana Sea Grant offer a variety of educational and training resources for the commercial fishing industry through Louisiana Fisheries Forward.
The commission will establish a maximum annual quota for the commercial capture of spotted sea trout caught in Louisiana waters or landed in Louisiana, which shall not exceed one million pounds or be less than five hundred thousand pounds. .