The goals of the Finfish Program include conserving and revitalizing marine finfish and supporting habitats within optimal levels as modified by relevant social, economic and biological factors; providing scientific information, including biological life history and catch statistics for commercial and recreational finfish for effective management; and providing oversight, enhancement and development of reef habitat in Mississippi and adjacent federal waters.

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Commercial Spotted Seatrout rules go in effect May 1

14-20-MMS March 12, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Commercial Spotted Seatrout rules go in effect May 1


BILOXI, Miss. – Beginning May 1, commercial fishermen will be required to obtain an endorsement along with their commercial fishing license in order to harvest spotted seatrout.
The endorsement is $10, and fishermen must complete an application showing that $5,000 of seafood product was sold in any 12 consecutive month period. That proof can include copies of sales records along with a copy of the applicable harvester's license for the appropriate time period.
Other forms of proof include records showing 10 percent of the fisherman's net income came from commercial fishing activities in any previous tax year. A form showing this must be submitted to the MDMR completed by a licensed tax preparer that includes a Preparer Tax Identification Number. It must be notarized before being submitted to MDMR.
The endorsement will be valid for three years, after which the qualifying documents must be re-submitted. Changes to Title 22, Part 7, Chapter 9, Section 110 that reflect these changes are posted on the DMR website at www.dmr.ms.gov.
The MDMR will assist fishermen in obtaining the required endorsement. For assistance, call 374-5000 and ask for the Trip Ticket office.
The new regulation will read as follows:
Title 22, Part 7, Chapter 9, Section 110
"Individuals harvesting spotted seatrout (Cynoscion nebulosus) for sale must possess a spotted seatrout endorsement ($10.00) in addition to a current applicable harvester's license. To qualify for this endorsement an application must be completed. The fisher must present proof that five thousand dollars ($5,000.00) of seafood product was sold in any twelve (12) consecutive months. Proof would be copies of sales records and a copy of the applicable harvester's license for the appropriate time period, or the fisher must present proof that ten (10) percent of their net income came from commercial fishing activities in a previous tax year. Proof would be a form provided by the DMR completed by a licensed tax preparer possessing a PTIN (Preparer Tax Identification Number), notarized, and submitted to the department. This endorsement will be valid for a three-year period at which time a new application with qualifying documents must be submitted for a new endorsement. The income requirement and seafood sale provision of this section shall cease to be in effect April 30, 2020 unless further Commission action is taken to extend the requirement."
Contact: Melissa Scallan
Phone: 228-523-4124
MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF MARINE RESOURCES
1141 Bayview Avenue, Biloxi, Mississippi 39530


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 www.dmr.ms.gov.

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Trip Ticket Drop Box Locations

Trip Ticket Program Information

Jackson County    
Jerry Lee's Grocery
Parking Lot

30 21.273N
88 32.677W
Jerry Lee's Grocery Parking Lot  
     
Harrison County    
MDMR Building

30 24.648N
88 54.328W
MDMR Building  
     
Harrison County    
Pass Christian
Harbor Master (temp)

30 18.808N
89 14.794W
Pass Christian Harbor Master (temp) Pass Christian Harbor Master (temp)
     
Hancock County    
Bayou Caddy
Boat Launch HM office

30 14.320N
89 25.930W
Bayou Caddy Boat Launch HM office Bayou Caddy Boat Launch HM office

 

 

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Mississippi Saltwater Fishing Record Rules

The following rules have been set forth to promote fair and ethical fishing practices to qualify for a Mississippi Saltwater Fishing Record. Failure to comply with any of these rules will result in the termination of your application and will disqualify you from further submissions.

To qualify for saltwater fishing record consideration anglers must fully and legibly complete an official application that may be obtained from the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) or the MDMR website, and must abide by the following rules:

  1. Fish must be hooked, fought, and brought to a net or gaff by the applicant with no help from any person, except that another person may operate the net or gaff. Use of hand lines or any unconventional gear types (e.g. Nets, gigs, power driven reels, ratchet handle reels or reels designed to be cranked with both hands at the same time) will not be permitted.
  2. Conventional Records: Fish must be caught and landed in a humane manner and in accordance with MS and Federal fishing laws. Only fish caught using conventional fishing tackle (e.g. Rod, Reel and line or Pole and line) and hooked with any legal hook or lure will be considered.
  3. Fly Fishing Records: Fish must be caught in accordance with the normal customs and generally accepted practices of fly fishing and by use of conventional fly fishing tackle. The fly must be a recognized type of artificial fly (e.g. Streamer, tube fly, wet fly, dry fly, emerger, nymph, terrestrial, popper, etc.). Treble hooks, lures designed to entangle, snagging, using any other lure or natural bait either singularly or attached to the fly is prohibited. The fly must be submitted with the application and becomes the property of the MDMR.
  4. Two color photographs must be submitted with each application:
    1. One of the angler and fish
    2. One showing a clear, close-up side view of the fish.
    3. *Photos submitted become property of the MDMR with publication rights.
  5. Fish must be weighed on scales that have been certified annually for accuracy by state or federal government agencies or other qualified and accredited organizations, as approved by the MDMR. The weighing must take place in the presence of two witnesses other than the applicant, who must sign and date the application or a separate statement attesting that they witnessed the official weight. The actual weight of the fish at the time of the weighing will be the official weight (i.e. no provisions for weight loss will be allowed). Witnesses to the weight and catch shall not be the same persons. Official fishing rodeo and tournament weights on certified scales will be accepted.
    1. *Proof of certification must be made available to MDMR upon request.
  6. Length of the fish must be measured in a straight line from the tip of the snout to the tip of the tail and from the tip of the snout to the fork of the tail. The girth measurement is to be taken at the widest or thickest part of the fish.
  7. Applications for a saltwater fish must be positively identified and verified by a professional fisheries biologist. (e.g. a biologist from the MDMR or Gulf Coast Research Laboratory).
  8. A valid Mississippi fishing license is required for all state record applications. Passengers aboard licensed and certified For-Hire vessels are also eligible.
  9. The MDMR reserves the right to further check fish identification, verification of witnesses and to refuse any application that is questionable. It will be considered “Just Cause” for disqualification of a current application and any previous records established by anyone who falsifies a saltwater record application. All rules shall be strictly adhered to and the decision of the Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources shall be final.

** MS Saltwater Fishing Records are classified as all tackle records, we do not recognize separate line classes.

*** For potential world records refer to IGFA’s web page, rules, and submission protocols. https://www.igfa.org/

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Trip Ticket Program

Trip Ticket Coordinator: Matt Hill

The Trip Ticket Program is a system to collect commercial landings and associated information by trip. Trip tickets will replace the current system used to collect most Mississippi commercial landings.

Who has to report?

A trip ticket must be completed by the dealer or processor when the fisherman transfers (sells) their catch to that dealer or processor OR the commercial fisherman must complete a trip ticket when they land their catch and are not transferring their catch to a licensed dealer or processor, unless otherwise specified by regulation (i.e. selling catch directly to public). Fishermen not selling to a dealer must be in possession of a Fresh Product Permit.

When are trip tickets due?

Trip tickets are due by the 10th of the present month for landings for the preceding month. Trip tickets can be sent as often as you like as long as all the trip tickets generated in a month are turned in to the MS Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) by the 10th of the following month.

Single Trip Ticket Sample single trip ticket sample  Multi Trip Ticket Sample multi trip ticket sample

Trip Ticket Downloads

Trip Ticket Letter: English (65 KB) | Vietnamese (84 KB)

Trip Ticket Manual: English (1.83 MB) | Vietnamese (1.73 MB)

Monthly Submission Form (13.8 KB) (downloaded Monthly Submission Forms are acceptable for submission)

Licensing

A commercial fisherman must be in possession of a Fresh Product Permit in order to sell seafood to anyone other than a Dealer/Processor. This permit is a no-cost permit that will be associated with the fisherman’s harvest license.

Electronic Trip Ticket Submission

For Questions contact: office (225) 744-0807
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Contact us

Matt Hill (228) 374-5000 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Trip Ticket Drop Box Locations

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