Message from the Executive Director
Mississippi Saltwater Fishing
The Mississippi Coast is home to some of the most plentiful waters along the Gulf of Mexico and provides residents and tourists with the best seafood around.
Generations of commercial fishermen, processors and dealers have earned their living from the waters of the Mississippi Sound and the Gulf. Recreational fishermen can cast their lines from their boats or from one of the many piers along the Coast.
Whether you fish for your livelihood or just for fun, the 2018-2019 Saltwater Fishing Official Guide to Rules and Regulations will help make sure you have all the information you need for a successful trip on the water.
The format of this book is new this year for the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, and we hope you enjoy it. It includes size and possession limits for commercial and recreational anglers, as well as information about shrimp, oysters and crabs. This year we added boat-and-water safety tips and information about the agency’s growing oyster aquaculture program.
The DMR’s mission is to enhance, protect and conserve the marine interests of Mississippi. On behalf of Gov. Phil Bryant, the men and women who work at this agency are proud to carry out this mission.
Enjoy our beautiful waters and recreation!
Joe Spraggins, Executive Director
Mississippi Department of Marine Resources