Applicants have until March 31, 2019 to submit completed applications to be considered for participation in this program.
This study is intended to characterize the bycatch of the Louisiana commercial shrimp fishery. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) biologists will act as observers on compensated commercial shrimping vessels to document incidental catch of all non-target species as well as shrimp landings.
All commercial shrimp fishers operating out of Louisiana ports are eligible to participate in this study. The information listed below should be filled out by those commercial shrimp fishers willing to participate. Commercial fishers randomly drawn from this group will be compensated $350 for each fishing trip where bycatch is observed and processed by an onboard LDWF biologist.
Participating commercial fishers must agree to a set work schedule. Trips conducted during the day would leave port at 5:00 AM and return the LDWF observer by 5:00 PM. Trips conducted during the night would leave port at 5:00 PM and return the LDWF observer by 5:00 AM.
Vessels will be drawn from the pool of available vessels based on regional and seasonal sampling needs. A routine background check will be conducted on all vessels/captains chosen to participate in this study along with a visual vessel and site safety inspection performed by LDWF staff before each trip.
Applicants must possess a properly registered Louisiana licensed shrimp vessel.
Applicants must possess a valid Louisiana Resident Commercial Vessel License.
If business is owned by a limited liability company, corporation, or partnership, business must
register and remain in Good Standing with Secretary of State.
If applying for multiple vessels, a separate application must be filled out for each vessel. Only one application can be submitted per LDWF licensed vessel.
If the vessel is owned by a business, copies of documentation proving ownership in the business may be required.
Applications will be processed in the order in which they are received. This program is subject to the availability of funding and there is no guarantee that an applicant will qualify or that funding will be available.