Public Notices

Title 22 Part 05 - Cat Island Net Exclusion - Proposed Changes

The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) does hereby give public notice that on July 17, 2018 at the regularly scheduled meeting of the Commission on Marine Resources, the Commission approved a Notice of Intent to update, modify and change below listed sections of Title 22 Part 5. Said Notice of Intent was filed with the Mississippi Secretary of State’s office on July 18, 2018. A complete copy of Title 22 Part 5 and the proposed changes are available are available at www.dmr.ms.gov. Public comments on the proposed regulation changes will be accepted through August 20, 2018. All comments should be mailed to the MDMR, Attn: Joe Jewell, 1141 Bayview Avenue, Biloxi, MS 39530 or emailed to: Joe Jewell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and delivered by 5:00 PM on August 20, 2018.

Complete description of proposed changes:

TITLE 22 – MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF MARINE RESOURCES, PART 5 Rules and Regulations that Establish Restriction s Governing the Use of Nets, Fish Traps and Pots Within the Territorial Waters of the State of Mississippi and Establishing Certain Catch Limitations and Quotas

Chapter 04 Commercial Net Closure Areas and Gear Size Restrictions Section 101

101.04 Within an area formed by a line running one (1) mile from the shoreline of Cat, Ship, Horn, Petit Bois, and Round Island, or from the shoals of Telegraph Keys and Telegraph Reef (Merrill Coquille), during the period from May 15 to September 15 of each year.

101.05 Within an area formed by a line running one (1) mile from the shoreline of Cat Island

101.05  101.06 Within twelve hundred (1,200) feet of any private piers which extend a distance of seventy-five (75) feet or more from the shoreline, except when mullet fishing.

101.06  101.07 Within three-hundred (300) feet of any private piers which extend a distance of seventy-five (75) feet or more from the shoreline when mullet fishing.

101.07  101.08 All of the aforementioned piers must be in usable condition with boards spaced in such a way that persons can walk the entire distance of the pier.

100.08  101.09 It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to use at any time trammel nets, gill nets, seines, or any other like contrivances in excess of twelve-hundred (1200) feet in length. Except when fishing gill and trammel nets between October 15 through December 15 of each year, nets must be of a mesh size of one and one half (1-1/2) inch square, three (3) inch stretch or larger, and it shall be unlawful for any boat to use more than one (1) such net. Between October 15 through December 15 of each year, gill and trammel nets must be of a mesh size of one and three-fourths (1 3/4) inch square, three and one-half (3 ½) inch stretch or larger, and it shall be unlawful for any boat to use more than one (1) such net.

100.09  101.10 It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation other than licensed menhaden vessels engaged in menhaden fishing, to use or have in possession purse seine(s) in excess of fifteen hundred (1500) feet in length. Said nets must be of a mesh size of one-half (½) inch square, one (1) inch stretch or larger.

100.10  101.11 It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to leave a gill net, trammel net, purse seine, seine or any other net like contrivance governed by the restrictions set forth in this Part unattended in the waters of this state, and at least one person shall be required to stand by, within one boat length of the boat using said net, at all times the net is in the water. It shall further be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to use or have in their possession a gill net, trammel net, seine or like contrivance on the waters of this state without a visible buoy attached every one hundred (100) feet clearly marked with the license number or owner's full name thereon.

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