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  • 2019 2020


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    The Honorable Phil Bryant, Governor


    Joe Spraggins, Executive Director


    Commercial Fishermen Jackson County

    Mark Havard II, Vice Chairman Recreational Sports Fishermen

    Jackson County

    Ronnie Daniels Charter Boat Operators

    Harrison County

    Richard Gollott Commercial Seafood Processors

    Harrison County

    Natalie Guess Nonprofit Environmental Organizations

    Hancock County

    The information provided in this guide is an overview of regulations in effect as of July 1, 2019, concerning saltwater fishing in Mississippi’s marine waters prepared in accordance with Mississippi Code Annotated §49-15-18. However, this guide is not, nor is it intended to be, a definitive publication of all regulations pertaining to saltwater fishing in Mississippi. Complete texts of all regulations and statutes are available at the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and the MDMR website. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this guide, readers are reminded that in the event of a conflict between state statute and CMR regulations, state statute will take precedence. If you are fishing in another state or in federal waters, please consult fishing regulations that would be applicable. Readers are further reminded that all regulations are subject to change.

    Federal regulations may differ from state regulations. For federal regulations, contact the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council at 888-833-1844 or

    The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council offers a free fishing regulations app for the Android and the iPhone. The apps provide immediate access to the most up-to-date commercial and recreational federal fishing regulations for species managed by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council. Visit the App Store or Android Market to download the app.



    CATCH AND RELEASE ���������������������6

    SHARKS ���������������������������������������������8 • Recreational & Commercial

    Shark Limits • Common Sharks in Mississippi Waters

    SALTWATER FINFISH ���������������������10 • Methods of Take • Special Provisions • Catch Restrictions

    RED SNAPPER REPORTING REQUIREMENTS ����������������������������10


    RECREATIONAL FISHING ��������������14 • Special Provisions • Charter and Head Boats

    MISSISSIPPI SALTWATER FISHING RECORD RULES �����������������������������15

    ARTIFICIAL REEFS �������������������������16

    SHRIMP �������������������������������������������20 • Commercial & Recreational

    Methods of Take • Restricted Areas • Season • Legal Size • Special Provisions • Licensed Live-Bait Shrimping

    CRABS ���������������������������������������������22 • Methods of Take • Special Provisions • Commercial & Recreational • Diamondback Terrapins

    GENERAL PENALTIES ��������������������23

    OYSTERS ���������������������������������������� 24 • Methods of Take • Definitions • Oyster Reefs • Special Provisions • Seasons • Legal Size & Catch Limits • Oyster Aquaculture

    MENHADEN ������������������������������������27

    PROTECTED SPECIES �������������������27

    MARINE LITTER ������������������������������28 • Marine Litter Regulation • Exceptions • Penalties • Mississippi Coastal Cleanup • Mississippi Monofilament

    Recycling Program

    INVASIVE SPECIES �������������������������29

    LICENSE INFORMATION ����������������30 • License Fees • License Sales • Types of Licenses

    BOATING INFORMATION �������������� 32

    Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1141 Bayview Ave., Biloxi, MS 39530

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    Cover Photo Courtesy Colin McCainImage courtesy Amanda Phillips 11

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    The Mississippi Coast is home to some of the most plentiful waters along the Gulf of Mexico and provides residents and tourists with the best seafood around.

    Generations of commercial fishermen, processors and dealers have earned their living from the nutrient-rich waters of the Mississippi Sound and the Gulf. Recreational fishermen can cast their lines from their boats or from one of the many piers along the Coast.

    Whether you fish for your livelihood or just for fun, the 2019-2020 Saltwater Fishing Official Guide to Rules and Regulations will help make sure you have all the information you need for a successful trip on the water.

    The Mississippi Saltwater Fishing Official Guide to Rules and Regulations includes size and possession limits for commercial and recreational anglers, as well as information about shrimp, oysters and crabs. The guide includes boat-and-water safety tips and information about the agency’s growing oyster aquaculture program.

    The DMR’s mission is to enhance, protect and conserve the marine interests of Mississippi. On behalf of Gov. Phil Bryant, the men and women who work at this agency are proud to carry out this mission.

    Enjoy our beautiful waters and recreation!

    Joe Spraggins, Executive Director Mississippi Department of Marine Resources



  • * It is illegal to sell any seafood taken with a recreational license�

    ** Range represents minimum and maximum lengths.

    *** Recreational fishermen may possess one per vessel within four-fish aggregate.

    **** Recreational fishermen may possess two within four-fish aggregate.

    w Recreational fishermen may retain only one Red Drum over 30 inches.

    ww Possession of certain coastal sharks is prohibited. See federal regulations for more information.

    www For information on federally regulated fish and updated size limits, visit

    wwww May not remove fish from water if over 40” in length unless harvesting within specified limits above.

    TL = Total Length - Straight line distance from tip of snout to tip of tail.

    FL = Fork Length - Straight line distance from tip of snout to fork of tail.

    CFL = Curved Fork Length - Tip of the upper jaw to the fork of tail measured along the contour of the middle of the body.

    Lower jaw FL (for billfish)=Lower Jaw Fork Length. Tip of the lower jaw to the fork of the tail measured along the contour of the middle of the body.

    Bluefin Tuna limits are variable throughout the season and depend on the size category. Refer to or call 888-872-8862 for updated information. All Bluefin catches must be reported to the MDMR Office of Marine Fisheries, 1141 Bayview Ave., Biloxi, MS 39530, or call 228-374-5000.

    Note: Fishing seasons