The following article includes statistics, facts, and other information about the Louisiana seafood industry.
Louisiana is the top producer of shrimp, oysters, blue crabs, crawfish, and alligator in the USA.
Other seafood includes dozens of species of fish ranging from mullet to tuna.
Jobs and Economic Impacts
The Louisiana seafood industry is a vital sector of the state’s economy.
One in 70 jobs in Louisiana is related to the seafood industry.
Seafood-related employment has an economic impact of over $2.4 billion annually for Louisiana.
The Louisiana shrimp industry accounts for 15,000 jobs and an annual impact of $1.3 billion.
The Louisiana commercial oyster industry accounts for almost 4,000 jobs with an economic impact of $317 million annually.
The Louisiana blue crab fishery accounts for more than 3,000 jobs with an annual economic impact of $293 million.
Louisiana has more than 1,000 crawfish farmers and more than 800 commercial fishermen who harvest wild crawfish.
Louisiana's combined harvest of crawfish totals 110 million pounds each year with an annual economic impact of $120 million.
The combined harvest of 313,000 wild and farmed Louisiana alligators generates a total annual economic impact of $104 million.
Louisiana Commercial Fishing