Order Temporarily Closing Designated Waters For The Use Of Crab Traps For The Removal Of Abandoned Traps

By virtue of the authority vested in the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) under the provisions of §49-15-84.1 Mississippi Code of 1972 Annotated, the MDMR does hereby declare and order on December 17, 2020 that:

All Mississippi state waters located within one half (1/2) mile of the mainland shoreline and Deer Island from the Alabama/Mississippi border to the Mississippi/Louisiana border including any river, bayou, creek, canal, stream, tributary, lake, bay, inlet, channel, or other water source entering into areas defined as salt waters under the territorial jurisdiction of the MDMR shall close to commercial and recreational crab trap fishing at 6:00 a.m. January 21, 2021 and shall remain closed until 6:00 a.m. January 31, 2021.

The first seven days of the closure shall be a period of time for commercial and recreational crab fishermen to remove their own traps from closed waters.  Any crab trap remaining in the water after the expiration of the seventh day (January 27th) of the closed season shall be considered abandoned and can be removed (starting on January 28th and ending on January 30th) for proper disposal at designated sites.