Mississippi Administrative Code
22 - MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF MARINE RESOURCES
Part 4 - RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR THE TAKING OF CRABS IN THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI
Chapter 06 - Gear Regulations

Universal Citation: MS Code of Rules 06

Chapter 06 Gear Regulations

100 All crab traps placed in or on the marine waters of the State of Mississippi shall utilize the following materials to permanently mark the crab trap for ownership: a corrosion resistant metal or plastic tag must be attached to the trap. The tag used to mark the traps must be legibly and permanently stamped with letters containing the applicable licensed crab fishermen's full name. The minimum height of the letters must be at least 3/16 of an inch. The tags shall be supplied by the crab fisherman.

101 Additionally, all crab traps or pots placed in the marine waters of the state of Mississippi must be marked with a float of at least six (6) inches in height, six (6) inches in length and six (6) inches in width and the float must have a highly visible color.

102 It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation, fishing for crabs by means of crab traps to fail to mark each said trap float with the corresponding commercial or recreational crab license number in such a manner to be clearly visible to an inspecting officer. However, licensed commercial crab fisherman may obtain a registered color code design from the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR), Marine Patrol Office. Once obtained, this color code must be placed on each buoy or float and painted or affixed to each side of the vessel used to harvest crabs from said traps or pots.

103 It shall be unlawful for any person fishing for crabs for personal use or consumption by means of crab traps or crab pots to use in excess of six (6) such traps or pots; and each said trap or pot shall be marked with the owner's name in such a manner to be clearly visible to an inspecting officer. In addition, all crab traps or pots fished from a boat or vessel must also be marked with that boat or vessel's registration identification.

104 All resident crab fishermen utilizing traps or pots must possess a valid recreational crab trap license for a fee of five dollars ($5.00) as provided for in § 49-15-86 of the Mississippi Code of 1972, as amended. This license requirement shall only apply to individuals between the ages of sixteen (16) and sixty-five (65). Any resident citizen who is blind, paraplegic, or a multiple amputee, or who has been adjudged by the Veterans Administration as having a total service-connected disability, or has been adjudged totally disabled by the Social Security Administration shall not be required to purchase or have in his possession a recreational crab license while engaged in such activities. Any resident exempt under this chapter shall have on his person while crab trap fishing proof of residency and age or disability.

105 All non-resident recreational crab fishermen utilizing traps or pots must possess a valid recreational crab trap license for a fee of not less than five dollars ($5.00) nor more than the non-resident's state charges Mississippi residents to engage in the same activity, as provided for in § 49-15-30 (3) of the Mississippi Code Ann. of 1972, as amended.

106 This license shall be valid in all Mississippi waters South of Interstate 10.

107 Recreational crabbers may use no more than six (6) crab traps per household. It shall be unlawful to recreationally fish in excess of six (6) crab traps or pots per registered boat or vessel.

108 It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to place or cause to be placed any crab traps or pots north of the Interstate 10 (I-10) Highway in the three (3) coastal counties.

109 It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to place or cause to be placed any crab trap or pot in any marked channel or fairway.

110 It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to attach any buoy or float to any crab trap or pot with materials other than lines of nylon, hemp, cotton or woven synthetic materials which can easily be cut with a standard steel knife.

111 Buoys shall be attached to crab traps by use of a weighted line or non-floating line.

112 It shall further be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to place or cause to be placed any crab trap or pot in any navigable waterway in such a manner that the trap line or float will interfere with normal boat traffic in said waterway and as such creating a hazard or nuisance to navigation.

113 It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to remove crabs from crab traps or pots that are not specifically licensed or permitted to said person, firm or corporation.

114 It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to remove crab traps from the water or remove crabs from crab traps from thirty (30) minutes after legal sunset until thirty (30) minutes before legal sunrise the following day. It is not unlawful to possess crab traps if the crab traps are captured unintentionally during legal trawling or dredging operations, and if said crab traps are immediately returned to the water.

115 All crab traps placed in the marine waters of the State of Mississippi shall be equipped with no less than two (2) escape rings positioned on the vertical outside walls of the trap, with at least one (1) ring located in each chamber. Escape rings must have a minimum of 2 and 3/8 inches inside diameter. From April 1 to June 30 and from September 1 to October 31, escape rings may be obstructed for the purposes of retaining peeler or buster crabs.

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