SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - The 2014 boating and fishing season in South Mississippi officially begins with the Memorial Day Weekend.
That means more boats will be venturing into the Mississippi Sound, and the traffic will only increase when schools begin summer breaks from Bay St. Louis to Moss Point. It's also a time when the Mississippi Sound is full of sharks ranging from one foot in overall length to more than five feet.
With an estimated 10 different species of sharks invading the Mississippi Sound through October, there are rules and regulations that anglers must follow or risk the chance of being fined by marine enforcement.
According to NOAA, the sharks common in Mississippi waters fall into two different categories.
The first is the large coastal group that includes the common blacktips, bulls and spinners along with both species of hammerheads, sandbar and tiger. The minimum size limit for large coastal sharks is 37 inch total length and a creel limit of one per person and up to three per vessel.
The second group is the small coastal sharks that include the ever popular Atlantic sharpnose, bonnethead and finetooth, among others. This group has a minimum 25 inch total length and a creel limit of four per person.
For more information on rules and regulations of other species of fish in the Mississippi Sound, go to www.dmr.ms.gov.