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Mississippi Expands Trip Ticket Program to Document Seafood Catches

By Rhonda Miller | Published 18 Oct 2011 05:17pm | comments
Fishermen listen to discussion about the Trip Tickets program at the Mississippi Marine Resources Commission.

Mississippi fishermen have to document the details of all their catches under new regulations approved by the state Commission on Marine Resources Tuesday. MPB’s Rhonda Miller has more on the Trip Ticket program.

Fishermen will have to use Trip Tickets to record when and where they catch their fish, the species and the sale price.

Marine Resources Commission member  Steve Bosarge says all the other Gulf Coast states already have a similar Trip Ticket program.

"It serves a dual purpose, in that it gives the state, it gives the feds, it gives everybody that needs the information, as to what’s going on within the commercial fisheries of the state of Mississippi," says Bosarge. "And it also gives the fishermen his data."

"We don't  want the processor to do the Trip Ticket." That’s Ten Tran of Biloxi. She’s concerned about the part of the new regulations allowing processors to continue to do the paperwork, just for shrimp.

"We want to do it ourself, because, you know, like this year they said the shrimp landings are high. You see, we don’t know what they’re doing," says Tran.

Mississippi already requires Trip Tickets for oysters. The new rules covering other seafood go into effect January first.

 

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Fishermen listen to discussion about the Trip Tickets program at the Mississippi Marine Resources Commission.


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