Public Notices

Title 22 Part 07 - Finfish Bag and Size Limits - Spanish Mackerel, Hogfish, and Swordfish - Proposed Changes

The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) does hereby give public notice that on March 19, 2019 at the regularly scheduled 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 7. Said Notice of Intent was filed with the Mississippi Secretary of State’s office on March 19, 2019. A complete copy of Title 22 Part 7 and the proposed changes are available are available at www.dmr.ms.gov. Public comments on the proposed regulation changes will be accepted through April 12, 2019. All comments should be mailed to the MDMR, Attn: Trevor Moncrief, 1141 Bayview Avenue, Biloxi, MS 39530 or emailed to: Trevor Moncrief at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and delivered by 5:00 PM on April 12, 2019.

Complete description of proposed changes:

TITLE 22 – MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF MARINE RESOURCES, PART 7 Regulations to Provide Size Limits and Bag Limits on Certain Fish Species and to Prevent Sale of Seafood by Recreational Fishermen

Chapter 08 Recreational Bag, Possession and Size Limits

102

102.14 Spanish Mackerel (Scomberomorus maculatus) – twelve (12) inches (fork length).

102.14 102.15 King Mackerel (Scomberomorus cavalla) – twenty-four (24) inches (fork                  

             length).

102.15 102.16 flounders (Paralicthys sp.) – twelve (12) inches (total length).

102.16 102.17 small coastal sharks – twenty-five (25) inches total length.

102.17 102.18 large coastal sharks – thirty-seven (37) inches total length.

102.18 102.19 Lesser Amberjack and Banded Rudderfish – may possess fish between fourteen (14) inches (fork length) to twenty-two (22) inches fork length.

102.19 102.20 Bigeye Tuna (Thunnus obesus) – twenty-seven (27) inches as measured from the tip of the upper jaw to the fork of the tail along the contour of the middle of the body (curved fork length).

102.20 102.21 Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) – twenty-seven (27) inches as measured from the tip of the upper jaw to the fork of the tail along the contour of the middle of the body (curved fork length).

102.21 102.22 Blue Marlin (Makaira nigricans) – ninety-nine (99) inches as measured from the tip of the lower jaw to the fork of the tail (lower jaw fork length).

102.22 102.23 White Marlin (Tetrapturus albidus) – sixty-six (66) inches as measured from the tip of the lower jaw to the fork of the tail (lower jaw fork length).

102.23 102.24 Sailfish (Istiophorus platypterus) – sixty-three (63) inches as measured from the tip of the lower jaw to the fork of the tail (lower jaw fork length).

102.24 102.25 Hogfish (Lachnolaimus maximus)twelve (12) fourteen (14) inches (fork length)

102.25 102.26 Tripletail (Lobotes surinamensis) eighteen (18) inches total length

102.26 102.27 Sheepshead (Archosargus probatocephalus) fourteen (14) inches total length

102.28 Swordfish (Xiphias gladius) – forty-seven (47) inches as measured from the tip of the lower jaw to the fork of the tail (lower jaw fork length).

Chapter 09 Commercial Size, Possession and Catch Limits

100

100.06 Spanish Mackerel (Scomberomorus maculatus) fourteen (14) twelve (12) inches (fork length).

100.23 Hogfish (Lachnolaimus maximus)twelve (12) fourteen (14) inches (fork length).

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