LARGE COASTAL SHARKS

Sandbar**

Carcharhinus plumbeus

Blacktip

Carcharhinus limbatus

Dusky*

Carcharhinus obscurus

Spinner

Carcharhinus brevipinna

Silky*

Carcharhinus falciformis

Bull

Carcharhinus leucas

Bignose*

Carcharhinus altimus

Narrowtooth*

Carcharhinus brachyurus

Galapagos*

Carcharhinus galapagensis

Night*

Carcharhinus signatus

Caribbean Reef*

Carcharhinus perezi

Tiger

Galeocerdo cuvier

Lemon

Negaprion brevirostris

Sand Tiger*

Odontaspis taurus

Bigeye Sand Tiger*

Odontaspis noronhai

Nurse

Ginglymostoma cirratum

Scalloped Hammerhead

Sphyrna lewini

Great Hammerhead

Sphyrna mokarran

Smooth Hammerhead

Sphyrna zygaena

Whale*

Rhincodon typus

Basking*

Cetorhinus maximus

White*

Carcharodon carcharias

SMALL COASTAL SHARKS

Atlantic Sharpnose

Rhizoprionodon terraenovae

Caribbean Sharpnose*

Rhizoprionodon porosus

Finetooth

Carcharhinus isodon

Blacknose

Carcharhinus acronotus

Smalltail*

Carcharhinus porosus

Bonnethead

Sphyrna tiburo

Atlantic Angel*

Squatina dumeril

PELAGIC SHARKS

Shortfin Mako

Isurus oxyrinchus

Longfin Mako*

Isurus paucus

Porbeagle

Lamna nasus

Thresher

Alopias vulpinus

Bigeye Thresher*

Alopias superciliosus

Blue

Prionace glauca

Oceanic Whitetip

Carcharhinus longimanus

Sevengill*

Heptranchias perlo

Sixgill*

Hexanchus griseus

Bigeye Sixgill*

Hexanchus vitulus

 

Recreational Shark Limits

Possession Limits

  • Per Person: Recreational fishermen are allowed to possess only one large coastal and pelagic shark species per person in state waters.
  • Per Vessel: The maximum limit per vessel for large coastal and pelagic shark species is three.

Minimum Size Limits

  • Large Coastal Sharks: The minimum size limit for large coastal sharks in state waters is 37 inches total length.
  • Small Coastal Sharks: Recreational fishermen may possess up to four sharks per person per day in state waters, with a minimum size limit of 25 inches total length.

Illegal Practices

  • Finning: The practice of finning, which involves removing only the fins and discarding the rest of the shark, is strictly prohibited.

Commercial Shark Limits

Quotas

  • Federal Quotas: All shark species are subject to federal quotas.

Commercial Harvest

  • Eligibility: Commercial harvest of large coastal and small coastal sharks is permitted in state waters for Mississippi residential commercial fishermen with a shark endorsement.
  • Shark Endorsement: Obtaining a shark endorsement requires attendance at a shark identification and safe handling workshop.

Size and Bag Limits

  • Small Coastal Sharks:

    • Minimum Size: 25 inches Total Length (TL)
    • Bag Limit: Up to 25 sharks in aggregate
  • Large Coastal Sharks:

    • Minimum Size: 37 inches Total Length (TL)
    • Bag Limit: Up to 25 sharks in aggregate

Mississippi Shark Fishing Limits & Regulations

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