Commercial Fishing Limits

When engaging in commercial fishing, it's crucial to adhere to the set limits and regulations. Here are the current limits for various species:

Cobia♦

  • Minimum Length: NO TAKE
  • Number of Fish: NO TAKE
  • Bag/Possession: NO TAKE
  • Note: It is illegal to sell Cobia caught in Mississippi territorial waters or Cobia landed in Mississippi.

Mullet

  • Minimum Length: No Limit
  • Number of Fish: No Limit
  • Bag/Possession: No Limit

Flounder

  • Minimum Length: 12 TL
  • Number of Fish: Quota3
  • Bag/Possession: Quota3
  • Note: The season for Flounder runs from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31 each year.

Red Drum♦♦

  • Minimum Length: 18 TL to 30 TL1
  • Number of Fish: Quota3
  • Bag/Possession: Commercial fishermen may retain only one Red Drum over 30 inches.

Spotted Seatrout

  • Minimum Length: 14 TL
  • Number of Fish: Quota3
  • Bag/Possession: Quota3
  • Note: The season for Spotted Seatrout runs from Feb. 1 through Oct. 31 each year.

King Mackerel

  • Minimum Length: 24 FL
  • Number of Fish: 3,000 lbs
  • Bag/Possession: 3,000 lbs

Spanish Mackerel

  • Minimum Length: 12 FL
  • Number of Fish: No Limit
  • Bag/Possession: No Limit

Reef Fish2

  • Minimum Length: As measured from tip of one lateral spine across the back of the shell to tip of opposite lateral spine4
  • Number of Fish: No Limit
  • Bag/Possession: No Limit

Bluefin Tuna

  • Minimum Length: NO TAKE
  • Number of Fish: NO TAKE
  • Bag/Possession: NO TAKE

Yellowfin Tuna

  • Minimum Length: 27 CFL
  • Number of Fish: NO TAKE
  • Bag/Possession: NO TAKE

Crabs - Hard Shells

  • Minimum Length: 54
  • Number of Fish: No Limit
  • Bag/Possession: No Limit

Crabs - Soft Shell

  • Minimum Length: No Limit
  • Number of Fish: No Limit
  • Bag/Possession: No Limit

It's essential to stay updated on size and possession limits, as they are subject to change. For the most current limits and regulations, visit dmr.ms.gov.

♦ It is illegal to sell any seafood taken with a recreational license.
♦♦ Commercial fishermen may retain only one Red Drum over 30 inches.

Federal regulations may differ from state regulations. For federal regulations, contact the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council at 888-833-1844, gulfcouncil.org, or download the free mobile app Fish Rules.

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