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Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
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Phone: 601-432-2400

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

License Required to Harvest Freshwater Crawfish and Freshwater Shrimp from Public Waters

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) adopted new regulations regarding the harvest of freshwater crawfish and freshwater shrimp from public waters. A fishing license is required to take crawfish and freshwater shrimp for personal use. A commercial fishing license is required to sell, resell or export crawfish taken from public waters. Crawfish and shrimp traps placed in public water shall be marked with a waterproof tag printed with the fisherman's full name and the MDWFP customer number found on the license document.

Legal crawfish traps are used for the sole purpose of taking crawfish. These traps are constructed of coated wire mesh with a mesh size no smaller than 3/4 inch by 11/16 inch and throat or flute openings not exceeding 2 inches.

Legal freshwater shrimp traps must not exceed 36 inches in length (from the rear of the heart to the leading edge of the trap), 24 inches in width (between the leading edges of the trap, or heart opening) and 12 inches in height. Freshwater shrimp traps may not have external or unattached wings, weirs or other devices intended to funnel shrimp to the trap heart.   

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