Public Notices

Title 22 Part 05 - Haul Seine - Proposed Changes

The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) does hereby give public notice that on January 24, 2019 at a special session meeting of the Commission on Marine Resources, the Commission approved a Notice of Intent to update, modify and change below listed sections of Title 22 Part 5. Said Notice of Intent was filed with the Mississippi Secretary of State’s office on January 24, 2019. A complete copy of Title 22 Part 5 and the proposed changes are available at www.dmr.ms.gov. Public comments on the proposed regulation changes will be accepted through February 18, 2019. All comments should be mailed to the MDMR, Attn: Joe Jewell, 1141 Bayview Avenue, Biloxi, MS 39530 or emailed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and delivered by 5:00 PM on February 18, 2019.

Complete description of proposed changes:

TITLE 22 – MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF MARINE RESOURCES PART 5 RULES AND REGULATIONS THAT ESTABLISH RESTRICTIONS GOVERNING THE USE OF NETS, FISH TRAPS AND POTS WITHIN THE TERRITORIAL WATERS OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI AND ESTABLISHING CERTAIN CATCH LIMITATIONS AND QUOTAS

Chapter 4 Commercial Net Closure and Gear Size Restrictions

 

100         It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to catch, take, or carry away any saltwater fish by or with any gill nets, trammel nets, purse seines, seines, haul seines, fish traps, except permitted eel traps, or any other like contrivances, in the territorial waters of the State of Mississippi within twelve hundred feet (1200) of any public pier or any pier owned and operated by hotels or motels for the use of their patrons and guests for swimming and fishing or any harbor or within twelve hundred (1200) feet of the shoreline of Deer Island.

101         It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to catch, take or carry away any saltwater fish by or with any gill nets, trammel nets, purse seines, seines, haul seines, fish traps, and other like contrivances except permitted eel traps in the following areas of the State of Mississippi:

100.08 101.08 It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to use at any time trammel nets, gill nets, seines, or any other like contrivances in excess of twelve-hundred (1200) feet in length. Except when fishing gill and trammel nets between October 15 through December 15 of each year, nets must be of a mesh size of one and one half (1-1/2) inch square, three (3) inch stretch or larger, and it shall be unlawful for any boat to use more than one (1) such net. Between October 15 through December 15 of each year, gill and trammel nets must be of a mesh size of one and three-fourths (1 3/4) inch square, three and one-half (3 ½) inch stretch or larger, and it shall be unlawful for any boat to use more than one (1) such net.

100.09 101.09 It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation other than licensed menhaden vessels engaged in menhaden fishing, to use or have in possession purse seine(s) in excess of fifteen hundred (1500) feet in length. Said nets must be of a mesh size of one-half (½) inch square, one (1) inch stretch or larger.

100.10 101.10 It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to leave a gill net, trammel net, purse seine, seine, haul seine, or any other net like contrivance governed by the restrictions set forth in this Part unattended in the waters of this state, and at least one person shall be required to stand by, within one boat length of the boat using said net, at all times the net is in the water. It shall further be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to use or have in their possession a gill net, trammel net, seine, haul seine, or like contrivance on the waters of this state without a visible buoy attached every one hundred (100) feet clearly marked with the license number or owner's full name thereon.

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