CMR extends expiration date for commercial fishing licenses

With shrimping season set to kick off Thursday, many shrimpers are concerned about up to date licenses and permits to begin the season.

In a webinar this morning, the Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources approved to extend the expiration date to June 30, 2020 for commercial fishing licenses and for any charter boat licenses that expire before June 30th, 2020.

Deputy Director for the Office of Marine Fisheries of Marine Resources Rick Burris says in spite of the pandemic he hopes this action will give shrimpers a better season than the one impacted by the Bonnet Carre Spillway opening last year. “Unfortunately, it’s going to be a little bit of an uphill battle because of COVID-19 situation. There are a lot of problems moving product. I know the seafood industry as a whole has had some issues with all the restaurants being closed and not purchasing as much product. The processors still have a lot of product left. So, unfortunately that’s gonna bring the price down and it’s going to be probably be an uphill battle for him this year, but hopefully it will turn out a lot better than last year.”

Applicants are still able to obtain commercial licenses by mailing a copy of both the boat registration and the boat owner’s driver’s license as well as a check or money order to the MDMR at 1141 Bayview Avenue, Biloxi, MS 39530.

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