Gazebo Gazette

Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR) announced Friday that the recreational fishing season for Greater Amberjack (Seriola dumerili) opened in Mississippi territorial waters on August 1, 2018 at 12:01 a.m. and will close October 31, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.  Additionally, DMR opened the recreational fishing season for Gray Triggerfish (Balistes capriscus) at the same local time.  This season will remain open until landings reach or are expected to reach the recreational annual catch limit.

Continued fishing for gray triggerfish will depend on the level of landings. When landings reach or are expected to reach the recreational annual catch limit, the season will be closed until March 1, 2019. If a closure is necessary, NOAA Fisheries will publish a bulletin alerting fishermen of the date and time.  The recreational bag limit is one gray triggerfish per angler per day within the 20-reef fish aggregate bag limit while the recreational minimum size limit is 15 inches fork length.

The recreational bag limit is one greater amberjack per angler per day and the minimum size limit is 34 inches fork length.  Federally permitted for-hire captains and crew are prohibited from retaining the bag limit of greater amberjack, groupers, or red snapper while under charter.

DMR’s Seafood Technology Bureau will be conducting two food safety workshops at the Bolton State Building in Biloxi.

The first workshop is Basic Seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) to be held August 15-17. The purpose of this course is to educate seafood dealers, processors and employees about hazards which can be introduced in seafood and the preventive measures that are used to control these hazards. This workshop is free for Mississippi residents and $125.00 for out-of-state residents.

The second workshop, Basic Sanitation Control Procedures, will be held on September 5. This workshop is designed to provide information about safe seafood practices through the implementation and monitoring of sanitary control procedures. It is free for Mississippi residents and $75.00 for out-of-state residents.

Both workshops are made possible through a grant from the Mississippi Tidelands Trust Fund Program. Mississippi students, as well as seafood industry and restaurant employees, are encouraged to attend. Space is limited to the first 20 registrants and refreshments will be provided. All participants will receive an Association of Food and Drug Officials certificate upon completion of the course.

For more information, please contact Mai Dang at (228) 523-4081 or