New Mississippi Reef Fish Regulations Proposed

The Mississippi Commission on Marine resources (CMR) voted to approve a notice of intent to change state regulations on size and possession limits of some fish and prohibit the sale of seafood by recreational fishermen. The proposed changes include lowering the grouper limit from an aggregate of five to four fish for recreational fishermen. Additionally, the changes would lower the possession of speckled hind grouper and warsaw grouper to only one fish per vessel within the four-fish aggregate.

Other changes include reducing the commercial minimum size limits for red snapper to 13 inches total length, red grouper to 18 inches total length and gag grouper to 22 inches total length. The notice also calls for a change in regulation to require any commercial fisherman, person, firm or corporation to be federally licensed to sell, barter trade reef fish species. The notice of intent to modify state regulation was filed with Mississippi Secretary of State’s office and public comments will be accepted through April 16, 2012.

All comments should be mailed to MDMR, Attention, Joe Jewell, 1141 Bayview Ave., Biloxi, MS 39530 or emailed to Joe.Jewell@dmr.ms.gov A complete copy of the proposed changes is available here:
www.dmr.ms.gov