Catch Restrictions in Mississippi
To maintain sustainable fisheries, certain catch restrictions are in place for various species in Mississippi waters. Here's what you need to know:
King Mackerel Fishing
- Definition: King Mackerel fishing is solely for catching King Mackerel. Catching more than 10 percent by weight of species other than King Mackerel while net fishing for King Mackerel is prohibited.
- Definition: Mullet fishing involves net-fishing activities where 90 percent or more of the total catch by weight consists of mullet.
- Location Restrictions: Mullet fishing using traps, seines, or nets other than cast or brill nets is not allowed within specific distances of public or private piers.
- Commercial Season: The commercial season runs from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 each year for certain species, including Flounder, Red Drum, and Spotted Seatrout.
- Total Allowable Catch (TAC) Limits: TAC limits are set for each species, and closures may occur when TACs are reached.
Spotted Seatrout Endorsement
- Requirement: Individuals commercially harvesting Spotted Seatrout must possess a Spotted Seatrout endorsement in addition to a harvester's license.
- Validity: The endorsement is valid from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 each year.
Purse Seine Restrictions
- Species Restrictions: Purse seines may not catch certain species in excess of 5 percent by weight in any single set of the net.
- Prohibited Species: Red Drum cannot be onboard any vessel carrying a purse seine.
- Personal Consumption: Commercial fishermen may retain two Cobia per person for personal consumption, but it is illegal to sell Cobia caught in Mississippi territorial waters.