Mississippi Administrative Code
Chapter 4 - Harvesting, Landing and Transfer of Molluscan Shellfish
Rule 22-1-4.1 - Harvesting Molluscan Shellfish

Universal Citation: MS Code of Rules 22-1-4.1

Current through April 7, 2022

A. A license issued by the MDMR is required to take molluscan shellfish from the waters under the territorial jurisdiction of the State of Mississippi.

B. All molluscan shellfish taken from waters of the territorial jurisdiction of the State of Mississippi must:

1. Be properly tagged and taken legally from an area declared open for harvest by the MDMR Authority.

2. Be accompanied by a trip ticket that indicate the check-out time, must remain with the catch until final delivery and must be available for inspection with the molluscan shellfish by an MDMR Authority.

C. Nonresident recreational harvest of molluscan shellfish is not permitted in the State of Mississippi.

D. Dredge Specifications

1. Harvesters are permitted to use a dredge that weighs 115 pounds or less and has a tooth bar with 16 or less teeth. All dredge teeth must be five (5) inches or less.

2. Harvesters are permitted to use a hand dredge that weighs 40 pounds or less and have a tooth bar with 10 or less teeth. All dredge teeth must be five and one quarter (5¼) inches or less. When using a hand dredge, it is illegal to use a mechanical advantage retrieval system. A hand dredge must be retrieved by hand.

3. Basket dredges are not permitted for use in Mississippi waters.

4. Harvesters are not permitted to use more than two (2) dredges.

E. Marine Sanitation Device (MSD)

1. All boats or vessels used in the harvest or transport of shellfish are required to have on board, a functional, approved marine sanitation device (MSD), portable toilet or other sewage disposal receptacle to contain human sewage.

2. The MSD must meet the requirements set forth by the most current version of the NSSP Model Ordinance.

22 Miss. Code. R. § 1-4.1

Miss. Code Ann. §§ 49-15-15, 49-15-42, 49-15-303, 49-15-304, 97-15-30; NSSP Model Ordinance §§ II-VIII, III-VIII, IV-II

Adopted 8/22/2021

This section was updated on 7/28/2021 by overlay.

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