LD 1908 LR 2192(03)
An Act To Limit Eligibility for Commercial Menhaden Fishing Licenses
Fiscal Note for Bill as Amended by Committee Amendment " "
Committee: Marine Resources
Fiscal Note Required: Yes
Fiscal Note
Minor revenue impact - Other Special Revenue Funds 
Fiscal Detail and Notes
This bill changes the commercial menhaden fishing license requirements beginning in 2023. Under the current criteria, there are no pre-qualifications to obtain a commercial menhaden license. The new criteria will limit who may obtain a license to those who possessed a commercial menhaden license in either 2020 or 2021 and reported legal landings by January 1, 2023 of 6,000 pounds or more in either 2020 or 2021. The Department of Marine Resources does not anticipate a significant change in license revenue from imposing new license qualifications because even though fewer will be eligible, a higher percentage of those individuals will be motivated to maintain their eligibility in the future.