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Free Saltwater Sport Fishing Days

BILOXI, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) would like anglers to know that the first weekend of National Fishing and Boating Week in June (June 2 and June 3) of 2012 is designated as "Free Fishing Weekend," and July 4 of each year is designated as "Free Saltwater Sport Fishing Day." Any person may saltwater sport fish without a recreational saltwater fishing license in the marine waters of Mississippi, which are waters south of Interstate 10, on "Free Saltwater Sport Fishing Day" and during "Free Fishing Weekend."

"Please remember to obey all size and creel limits during this free fishing period," said Walter Chataginer, MDMR Marine Patrol's Chief of Enforcement. "Enjoy your fishing and remember to have all safety equipment onboard your vessel in good working order before leaving the dock."

Information on fish size and possession limits can be found at

The rest of the year, a Mississippi recreational saltwater fishing license is required for anyone fishing in coastal and marine waters of this state with the following exceptions: Anyone under the age of 16 and residents who are deemed 100 percent service-connected disabled by the Veteran’s Administration or 100 percent disabled through the Social Security Administration. Residents 65 years of age or older are required to purchase a lifetime saltwater fishing license for a one-time fee. Temporary residents stationed at a Mississippi military base can use a military I.D. to purchase a resident Mississippi fishing license.

Resident recreational saltwater fishing licenses cost $12.29 ($10 plus $2.29 processing and agent fees) and expire one year after date of purchase. Recreational saltwater fishing licenses may be purchased at the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and most Wal-Mart, Kmart, sporting goods stores, bait shops and fishing camps or online at  For 24-hour license sales, call 1-800-5GO-HUNT (1-800-546-4868).

The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources is dedicated to enhancing, protecting and conserving marine interests of the state by managing all marine life, public trust wetlands, adjacent uplands and waterfront areas to provide for the optimal commercial, recreational, educational and economic uses of these resources consistent with environmental concerns and social changes. Visit the DMR online at

Photo A: Miles Anderson enjoys fishing at Jones Park in Gulfport during the Coastal Conservation Association's Casting for Conservation fishing rodeo held May 5. (Photo courtesy of Mississippi Department of Marine Resources)

Photo B: Nine-year-old Lilly Marquez of Gulfport enjoys fishing at Jones Park May 5 during the Coastal Conservation Association's Casting for Conservation fishing rodeo. (Photo courtesy of Mississippi Department of Marine Resources)

Contact: Lauren Thompson
Phone: (228) 523-4053

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