Regulations and Permits

     Various permits may be required to market crawfish (e.g., a wholesale or retail fish distributor’s license) or to transport them across state lines. Permits are specific for each state. The importation of live, non-native crawfish is restricted or forbidden in a number of states, especially where they might become established and compete with native species. Before shipping live crawfish, always verify the regulatory requirements in the receiving state and in the states through which the shipment will pass to avoid serious legal problems.

     In Louisiana, live haulers are usually required to have permits or licenses to transport crawfish, depending on who their crawfish are being purchased from or sold to. These may include municipal or county permits, a state transport license, and a seafood wholesale/ retail dealer’s license.