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Sharks

Saltwater Marine Fishing Regulations Mississippi Saltwater Fishing

Shark Species

The numerous shark species are divided into three management groups:

Large Coastal Sharks

Sandbar**

Carcharhinus plumbeus

Blacktip

Carcharhinus limbatus

Dusky*

Carcharhinus obscurus

Spinner

Carcharhinus brevipinna

Silky*

Carcharhinus falciformis

Bull

Carcharhinus leucas

Bignose*

Carcharhinus altimus

Narrowtooth*

Carcharhinus brachyurus

Galapagos*

Carcharhinus galapagensis

Night*

Carcharhinus signatus

Caribbean Reef*

Carcharhinus perezi

Tiger

Galeocerdo cuvier

Lemon

Negaprion brevirostris

Sand Tiger*

Odontaspis taurus

Bigeye Sand Tiger*

Odontaspis noronhai

Nurse

Ginglymostoma cirratum

Scalloped Hammerhead

Sphyrna lewini

Great Hammerhead

Sphyrna mokarran

Smooth Hammerhead

Sphyrna zygaena

Whale*

Rhincodon typus

Basking*

Cetorhinus maximus

White*

Carcharodon carcharias

Small Coastal Sharks

Atlantic Sharpnose

Rhizoprionodon terraenovae

Caribbean Sharpnose*

Rhizoprionodon porosus

Finetooth

Carcharhinus isodon

Blacknose

Carcharhinus acronotus

Smalltail*

Carcharhinus porosus

Bonnethead

Sphyrna tiburo

Atlantic Angel*

Squatina dumeril

Pelagic Sharks

Shortfin Mako

Isurus oxyrinchus

Longfin Mako*

Isurus paucus

Porbeagle

Lamna nasus

Thresher

Alopias vulpinus

Bigeye Thresher*

Alopias superciliosus

Blue

Prionace glauca

Oceanic Whitetip

Carcharhinus longimanus

Sevengill*

Heptranchias perlo

Sixgill*

Hexanchus griseus

Bigeye Sixgill*

Hexanchus vitulus

Recreational Shark Limits

Recreational fishermen may possess no more than one of the large coastal and pelagic shark species per person and no more than three of the large coastal and pelagic shark species per vessel in state waters.

The minimum size limit for large coastal sharks is 37 inches total length in state waters.

Of the small coastal shark species group, recreational fishermen may possess four sharks per person per day in state waters.

The minimum size limit for small coastal sharks is 25 inches total length in state waters.

Commercial Shark Limits

All shark species are under federal quotas.

The practice of finning, which is removing only the fins and returning the remainder of the shark to the sea, is illegal.