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Title 22 Part 07 - Finfish Bag and Size Limits - Tarpon Regulations - 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

100

100.21 It shall be unlawful for recreational fishermen to possess more than one (1) Atlantic Tarpon (Megalops atlanticus) per vessel per day.

102

102.27 Atlantic Tarpon (Megalops atlanticus) – seventy-five (75) inches fork length.

105 It shall be unlawful for any fisherman to remove an Atlantic Tarpon (Megalops atlanticus) over the length of forty (40) inches from the water unless the intent is to harvest within the limits defined in Sections 100 and 102 of this chapter.

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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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Title 22 Part 20 - Endorsement Revisions - Proposed Changes

The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) does hereby give public notice that on February 20, 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 20. Said Notice of Intent was filed with the Mississippi Secretary of State’s office on February 20, 2019. A complete copy of Title 22 Part 20 and the proposed changes are available at www.dmr.ms.gov. Public comments on the proposed regulation changes will be accepted through March 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 March 18, 2019.

Complete description of proposed changes:

TITLE 22 – MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF MARINE RESOURCES PART 20 ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES

Chapter 21 Penalties

104         Suspension or revocation of licenses or permits, or endorsements may be commenced in addition to seeking administrative penalties.

105         The Commission may revoke regulatory program requirements, such as but not limited to endorsements, tags, permits, or similar provisions for violations related to that particular program.

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Notice of Variance to Title 22, Part 05, Chapter 04

In accordance with the Commission on Marine Resource’s Order at the February 19, 2019 meeting, the January 15th variance regarding Title 22, Part 5, Chap 4, Paragraph 101.04 was lifted and the decision was made to grant an extension to the closure dates established in that paragraph.

Accordingly, 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, fish traps, and other like contrivances except permitted eel traps in the following areas of the State of Mississippi:

101.04 Within an area formed by a line running one (1) mile from the shoreline of Cat, Ship, Horn, Petit Bois, and Round Island, or from the shoals of Telegraph Keys and Telegraph Reef (Merrill Coquille), from June 3rd until September 15th. “

Notice of Variance to Title 22, Part 05, Chapter 04

Superseded by Feb 19, 2019 Commission Order 

In accordance with the Commission on Marine Resource’s Order at the January 15, 2019 meeting, a variance was made to Title 22, Part 5, Chap 4, Paragraph 101.04 to start February 1st.

Accordingly, 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, fish traps, and other like contrivances except permitted eel traps in the following areas of the State of Mississippi:

101.04 Within an area formed by a line running one (1) mile from the shoreline of Cat, Ship, Horn, Petit Bois, and Round Island, or from the shoals of Telegraph Keys and Telegraph Reef (Merrill Coquille), from February 1st until further notice by the Commission.