Commercial Catch Limits

The Guide to Saltwater Fishing Rules and Regulations supersedes information listed below.

Commercial Quota

Species Minimum Length in Inches Number of Fish Bag/Possession
Cobia ♦ 33 FL 2
Mullet 10 TL No Limit
Flounder 12 TL Quota ***
Red Drum ♦♦ 18 TL to 30 TL * Quota ***
Spotted Seatrout 14 TL Quota ***
King Mackerel 24 FL 3,000 lbs
Spanish Mackerel 14 FL No Limit
Tripletail 18 TL 3
Goliath Grouper No Take No Take
Nassau Grouper No Take No Take
Red Grouper 18 TL  
Yellowfin Grouper 20 TL No Limit
Black Grouper 24 TL No Limit
Gag Grouper 22 TL  
Scamp 16 TL No Limit
Red Snapper 13 TL ** IFQ **
Vermilion Snapper 10 TL No Limit
Lane Snapper 8 TL No Limit
Gray Triggerfish 14 FL No Limit
Gray, Schoolmaster, Cubera, Dog, Mahogany, and Yellowtail Snappers 12 TL No Limit
Mutton Snapper 16 TL No Limit
Greater Amberjack 36 FL No Limit
Lesser Amberjack & Banded Rudderfish 14 FL to 22 FL * No Limit
Hogfish 12 FL No Limit
Bigeye Tuna 27 CFL No Limit
Bluefin Tuna No Take No Take
Yellowfin Tuna 27 CFL No Limit
Blue Marlin No Take No Take
White Marlin No Take No Take
Sailfish No Take No Take
Longbill Spearfish No Take No Take
Crabs - Hard Shells 5 **** No Limit
Crabs - Soft Shell No Limit No Limit

TL = Total Length - Straight line distance from tip of snout to tip of tail.

FL = Fork Length - Straight line distance from tip of snout to fork of tail.

CFL = Curved Fork Length - Tip of the upper jaw to the fork of tail measured along the contour of the middle of the body.

♦ It is illegal to sell Cobia caught in Mississippi territorial waters or Cobia landed in Mississippi.

♦♦ Commercial fisherman may retain only one Red Drum over 30 inches TL.

* Range represents minimum and maximum lengths.

** It is illegal to sell, barter or trade any species of reef fish without possessing the proper federal permits and/or licenses required by the NOAA Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Fishery Management Plan and complying with any other conditions set forth by federal or state regulations for the management of the identified reef fish. IFQ = Individual Fishing Quota.

*** The season will run from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31 each year. Total allowable catch limits (TAC) are 74,000 pounds of Flounder; 60,000 pounds of Red Drum; and 50,000 pounds for Spotted Seatrout. When landing reports, as required by law, show the TAC has been reached for a given species, MDMR will, with adequate notice, issue a news release and public notice closing state waters to commercial fishing for that species for the remainder of that fishing year.

Federal Regulations may differ from state regulations. Please refer to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council for Federal Regulations at (888) 833-1844 or

**** As measured from tip of one lateral spine across the back of the shell to tip of opposite lateral spine.

NOTE: Fishing seasons for some species may be closed by order of the Commission on Marine Resources. Advance notice of such closures will be given.

The information on this page is an abstract of the rules and regulations in effect at the time of publishing. Fishermen are responsible for obeying fishing rules in full. Complete laws are available at the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, 1141 Bayview Avenue, Suite 101, Biloxi, Mississippi 39530.

For more information call the DMR at (228) 374-5000 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Shellfish Harvesting Zones

Shellfish Growing Areas (Western MS Sound Map)