Fish and shellfish are natural resources shared among many groups in Louisiana: from anglers catching redfish for sport and commercial fishermen shrimping for a living to people enjoying Louisiana seafood for dinner. These important fishery resources are renewable – they can reproduce and replenish their populations despite natural mortality and fishing. But they are not infinite. Fisheries management is the process of using science to ensure all groups can continue to share these resources for generations to come.
Responsible fisheries management starts with sound scientific information about fish populations and the ecosystems in which they live, as well as the fisheries that harvest them. LDWF biologists use a variety of methods to gather this information, including examining fishermen’s catch and conducting scientific studies.
Our management decisions are not only based on data from scientific studies and landings records – we also rely on input from the public. Our decisions impact our stakeholders, so it’s important that we solicit your input as we define our management goals and strategies. The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meetings and our regulatory process also provide and encourage opportunities for public input.