Menhaden Regulations

Method of Take

  • Purse seines are traditionally used for capturing menhaden.
  • Separate commercial licensing is required for both boats and nets used in the capture of menhaden.


  • The menhaden season commences on the third Monday of April and concludes on November 1 annually.

Special Provisions

  • The use of purse seines for capturing menhaden is prohibited in bays, rivers, or bayous, as well as within one mile of the shorelines of Jackson, Hancock, or Harrison counties.
  • Purse seines are restricted from catching in excess of 5 percent by weight of certain species in a single set of the net. These species include:
    • Bluefish
    • Cobia (Ling or Lemonfish)
    • Dolphin
    • Jack Crevalle
    • King Mackerel
    • Spotted Seatrout (Speckled Trout)
  • Vessels carrying a purse seine are not permitted to have onboard in excess of 10 percent by weight of the total catch of any of the aforementioned species.
  • It is unlawful for any vessel equipped with a purse seine to have onboard any quantity of Red Drum.

For further details, contact the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources at 228-374-5000.

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