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Louisiana Seafood Certification Program Overview

Participant and Product Eligibility Requirements

                       Wholesale/Retail Seafood Dealers

                       Retail Dealers

                       Fishermen

                       Product Registration  

Online Training

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Louisiana Seafood Certification Program Overview

The primary mission of the Louisiana Seafood Certification Program is to build a unified brand to attract consumers as well as foodservice and seafood distribution buyers who want to be sure they’re sourcing the best-tasting seafood in the world—Louisiana Seafood.

In the section below you can explore a summary of the basic requirements along with instruction on how to apply to become a Louisiana Seafood Certified Program participant.  Click here to review the LWSCP Overview document for an explanation for the complete program rules. The official rules can be found in Chapter 7 of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries rules and regulations (LAC 76:I.Chapter 7).

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Participant and Product Eligibility Requirements

Wholesale/Retail Seafood Dealers:

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Retail Dealers:

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Fishermen:

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Certified Louisiana Seafood Product Eligibility Requirements:

  • All seafood must be landed in Louisiana.
  • Licensed commercial fishermen must harvest the seafood.
  • Product must be available upon request for inspection and DNA sampling to ensure that certification standards are being followed.
  • Seafood must be harvested from wild stock from the Gulf of Mexico or Gulf Coast waters and cannot be commingled with seafood that was not harvested from wild stock from the Gulf of Mexico or other Gulf Coast waters.
  • Seafood must be transferred to a Louisiana Wholesale/ Retail Seafood Dealer with a Louisiana licensed facility or retained by the commercial fishermen for sale as a Louisiana licensed Fresh Product licensee.
  • Seafood must be processed and packaged in Louisiana by a Wholesale/Retail Seafood Dealer.

Product Registration:

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Online Training

The purpose of these instructions is to enable you to complete the LWSCP Training Video as efficiently as possible. Please note that if the training video is not watched in its entirety, or if any questions remained unanswered, the completion criteria will not be met and your LWSCP application may be delayed until you complete the training. We recommend that you complete the training before filling out the online application. 

  • You may complete this training using any computer or smart mobile device.
  • To begin the training video click here.
  • Enter the required details into the Guestbook that appears. The First and Last name should be that of the person completing the training. The Applicant/Business Name, Permit Type, and LDWF/State License Number entered into the Guestbook should be identical to those submitted on your LWSCP application. Entering an email address will allow your completion certificate to be emailed to you. Click 'Submit' in order to start the training video.
  • If you are submitting multiple applications, each business location applying for a permit should have someone on staff that has completed the training. If you are unsure if a separate training is required for each application, you may use the ‘contact us’ link on this website or contact LDWF call LDWF at 225-765-3980 or toll-free 855-262-1764 or email us at OversightPrograms@wlf.la.gov.
  • The training video is divided into several sections, and when prompted, you must answer a series of questions about what you have viewed. The video is approximately 40 minutes long, so please allow at least 1 hour to watch the full video and to answer all questions.
    Warning: Once you have started the video, if you need to stop and exit the presentation for any reason, the information previously entered may be lost.
  • Once you have listened to the full training video and have answered all questions correctly, you will be able to receive your Certificate. When you have reached this point, please disable the pop-up blocker (usually found under the “tools” menu) in your internet browser, and completely close the window in which the presentation is playing. Then, a separate window will open, allowing you to download your Certificate. LDWF will receive an internal confirmation that you have completed the training video, but we also recommend that you print or save a copy of the Certificate for your own records. If you entered an email address into the address book your certificate will be emailed to you as well.
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Fresh Product Dealers:

Retail Dealers (Seafood Markets, Grocers, Restaurants)

Wholesale Retail Dealer License:

Product Registration (retail packages possessing the LWSCP logo must be registered)

If you have any questions about the documents required to complete the application please contact the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries at (855) 262-1764 or OversightPrograms@wlf.la.gov

Click below to be redirected to our application portal and start the process of becoming certified.

                                                                                                                                                                                     
 
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