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All licenses may be purchased at the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources in Biloxi, MS. For more information contact the Licensing Office at (228) 374-5000.

Recreational Licenses

A saltwater fishing license is required to fish south of Highway 90. Above Highway 90 and below Interstate 10 either a saltwater or freshwater license will suffice, and above Interstate 10 a freshwater license is required. Persons under the age of 16 are exempt. Residents 65 years of age or older can purchase a lifetime license for $7.29.

Recreational saltwater fishing licenses may be purchased online at ms.gov, at the MDMR office, or an authorized agent. Authorized agents are at these coastal locations.

Commercial Licenses

All Mississippi resident commercial saltwater licenses must be purchased at the MDMR office in Biloxi:

Mississippi Department of Marine Resources
1141 Bayview Ave
Biloxi, MS 39530
(228) 374-5000

During limited times throughout the year, Commercial Licenses can also be obtained at the Pass Christian Check Station located at 104 South Market Street. The Pass Christian Check Station will be open for license sales from April 1 through April 18, 2014 on Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 3 pm.

Before coming to the MDMR License Office, please be sure that you have the appropriate documentation for the license you are purchasing. Click here for license purchase requirements.

All commercial licenses expire April 30, including Seafood Dealer and Seafood Processor licenses.

All recreational fishing, shrimp, crab, oyster as well as Charter Boat and Charter Boat Interstate Commerce licenses will expire one year from the date of purchase.

Effective May 1, 2014, a Spotted Seatrout Endorsement is required for commercially harvesting spotted seatrout. Click here for more information.

For a current list of Commercial Licenses and their fees please see the table below. License fees for non-residents may vary. Call the License Office at (228) 374-5000 for current non-resident license fees.

TYPE OF LICENSE (all fees for MS residents unless noted)

SHRIMP

Recreational $       15
Shrimp / Captain Under 30' Boat $       60
Shrimp / Captain 30' to 45' Boat $       85
Shrimp / Captain Over 45' Boat  $     110
Mississippi Captain's License $       10
Alabama Resident Shrimp / Captain Under 30' Boat $     101
Alabama Resident Shrimp / Captain 30' to 45' Boat $     151
Alabama Resident Shrimp / Captain Over 45' Boat $     201

CRAB

Commercial Crab Trawl  $       75
Commercial Crab Trap $       75
Recreational Crab Trap $         5

FISH

Fishing Boat License / Gill & Trammel Net $     100
Charter Boat $     200
Commercial Hook and Line / Gig per Vessel $     100
Commercial Hook and Line / Gig per Fisherman $     100
Spotted Seatrout Endorsement $       10
Menhaden Boat / Net $     150

OYSTER

Recreational $       10
Tonging  $       60
Dredging  $     110
Alabama Resident Tonging $     110
Alabama Resident Dredging $     210

LIVE BAIT

Live-bait Shrimp Dealer  $       50
Live-bait Shrimp Boat $     100
Live-bait Minnow $       50

BUSINESS LICENSE

Interstate Commerce  $       20
Seafood Dealer / Processor  $     100
Menhaden Processor  $     500
Seafood Transport License $     100
Alabama Resident Seafood Dealer/Processor $     401
Alabama Resident Seafood Dealer/Vehicle $     101
Louisiana Resident Seafood Dealer/Processor $  1,150
Louisiana Resident Seafood Dealer/Vehicle $       30

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