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Mississippi Sound closed to all Fishing

by admin on July 2nd, 2010

In an up date to yesterday’s article the Mississippi DMR has closed the entire Mississippi sound to all recreational and commercial fishing. THERE IS NO CATCH AND RELEASE. And all crabbing, shrimping and oystering are included in the ban. The Bay of St. Louis and Biloxi bay remain open for now, as do all rivers.

Mississippi Sound Closed to all Commercial and
Recreational Fishing; Bays and Rivers Remain Open

BILOXI, Miss. – The executive directors of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources
and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, in an abundance of caution, are
closing an additional portion of Mississippi’s territorial marine waters, effective immediately
to all commercial and recreational fishing, including all species of finfish, crabs, shrimp and
oysters.
The closed area includes all Mississippi marine territorial waters starting at a point on the
shoreline at the Mississippi/Louisiana State line; running easterly, following the southern
boundary of Mississippi territorial waters, to the intersection with the Mississippi/Alabama
State line; running due north, along the Mississippi/Alabama state boundary, to the CSX
railroad; running southwesterly, along the CSX railroad, to a point due north of the Bayou
Casotte Ship Channel; running due south to 30° 21’ north latitude; running due west,
following the 30° 21’ north latitude line, to a point of intersection with the mainland shoreline
on the east side of Bellefontaine Point; westerly and northerly, following the meandering of
the shoreline, to the tip of Marsh Point; running due north, to a point on the mainland
shoreline; running westerly and northerly, following the meanderings of the shoreline, to the
eastern abutment of the CSX railroad bridge; running southeasterly, following the CSX
railroad bridge across Biloxi Bay, to a point on the mainland shoreline at the western
abutment of the CSX railroad bridge at Biloxi Bay; running westerly following the
meanderings of the shoreline to eastern abutment of the CSX Railroad Bridge over St. Louis
Bay; thence running westerly along the CSX railroad bridge to the western abutment of the
CSX Railroad Bridge over St. Louis Bay; running southwesterly following the meanderings of
the shoreline to the mouth of Bayou Caddy; running due West to the mouth of Bayou Caddy;
running southwesterly following the meanderings of the shoreline to the Mississippi-Louisiana
state boundary.
Any individuals retaining any marine species from this closed area will be required to
immediately return them to the waters. There is no catch and release fishing allowed in the
closed area.
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Contacts: Robbie Wilbur, MDEQ, 601-421-5699
Lauren Thompson, DMR, 228-219-5226
MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF MARINE RESOURCES

This precautionary closure is a result of oil sightings in this general area and the potential
impacts on Mississippi’s coastal marine resources. The continuous monitoring of this
situation is to ensure public safety and protection of Mississippi’s coastal resources.
The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources is dedicated to enhancing, protecting and
conserving marine interests of the state by managing all marine life, public trust wetlands,
adjacent uplands and waterfront areas to provide for the optimal commercial, recreational,
educational and economic uses of these resources consistent with environmental concerns
and social changes.

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