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.
- 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:
- Cobia (Ling or Lemonfish)
- 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.