Oyster Hotline: (800) 385-5902 or (228) 374-5167
The commercial oyster season is regulated by the commssion on Marine Resources and notice thereof will be duly published in local newspapers and released to both the radio and television media. During open season, oysters may be taken only during daylight hours.
Shrimp Hotline: (866) WE TRAWL | (866) 938-7295
Shrimp season shall close at midnight December 31 (annually), except south of the Intracoastal Waterway. In addition, all state waters shall close to shrimping activities except live-bait shrimping at midnight, April 30 (annually).
Shrimp season is officially opened by public notice at such time that the Department of Marine Resources' Office of Marine Fisheries had determined that the shrimp have reached legal size.
Below are MDMR season-related news releases (sorted by date). Please click on the links for more information.