30-Day Commercial Crabbing Season, Use of Traps, Closure23-Feb-2017
Additional Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries regulation changes are as follows:
Regulation changes effective January 1, 2017, and to extend through 2019
Ban on the commercial harvest of immature female blue crabs
An immature female crab, also known as a “maiden” or “V-bottom” crab, can be identified as having a triangular shaped apron on her abdomen. A mature female crab can be identified as having a dome shaped apron on her abdomen.
Regulation change effective November 15, 2017
Changes to the number and size of escape rings required on crab traps
A minimum of three escape rings should be placed on the vertical, outside walls flush with the trap floor or baffle with at least two rings located in the upper chamber of each trap. The minimum size of rings should be 2 and 3/8 inches inside diameter. Any crab trap constructed of wire mesh 2 and 5/16 inches square or greater is exempt from escape ring requirements.