Description of Proposed Changes:
TITLE 22 – MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF MARINE RESOURCES, PART 9 Rules and Regulations for Statistical Reporting and Confidentiality of Statistical Data for Marine Fisheries in the State of Mississippi
Chapter 05 Fresh Product Permit/Secondary Fresh Product Permit
100 A licensed commercial fisherman may only sell to a seafood dealer/processor. A validly licensed commercial fisherman may sell only their catch to a consumer within the state if they have in their possession a fresh product permit obtained from the MDMR. A secondary fresh product permit may be obtained from the MDMR for a commercial fisherman’s spouse or family member that will allow them to sell their catch to consumers while the commercial fisherman continues to fish. There will be no fee for this permit.
Chapter 06 Seafood Reporting Requirements
100 Unless otherwise specified, each seafood dealer/processor is hereby required to complete Mississippi trip tickets provided by the MDMR. Commercial fishermen, who sell their catch to individuals other than a Mississippi dealer/processor or transport their catch out-of-state, are hereby required to complete Mississippi trip tickets provided by the MDMR and be in possession of a fresh product permit. A completed Mississippi trip ticket is only required for the initial point of sale of the seafood product. Commercial fishermen who sell their catch to anyone other than a Mississippi licensed dealer/processor or transport their catch out-of-state are required to purchase and possess a Dealer/Processor License and are required to comply with all regulations governing Mississippi dealers/processors. All trip tickets shall be returned to the MDMR or electronically submitted on or before the 10th of each month for actual transactions from every commercial fisherman during the preceding month. A trip ticket summary form that states the total trips taken in a given month shall be submitted by the 10th of each month by the seafood dealer/processor or commercial fisherman. The fisherman is required to provide to the dealer complete and accurate information necessary for the completion of the fisherman portion of the trip ticket. This may include, but is not limited to, commercial fisherman’s name, valid license number, date and area of harvest, trip and fishing time, proper vessel identification, gear, quantity, and size of gear used, and applicable mesh size (if any) of gear used, seafood dealer’s name, date of purchase, dealer license number, port and county product was landed, species being purchased, weight or any other applicable standard, condition of product, count or market grade of purchased seafood product, and price paid per unit ( pound or number) per species. The seafood dealer/processor or fisherman is required to verify the accuracy of the tickets by signing each ticket.