Mississippians over 65 now required to have lifetime fishing license

Beginning on July 1, residents 65 or older fishing in the marine waters of Mississippi will be required to have a lifetime saltwater sportsfishing license for a one-time fee of $5.

Holding a state license will exempt all state’s anglers, including anglers in this age bracket, from being required to purchase a federal permit costing $15 to $25 per year and include them in the Marine Recreational Fisheries Statistical Survey.

Shelly Becker, a spokesperson with the Department of Marine Resources, said the lifetime fishing license was imposed after the federal permit was imposed earlier this year.

Becker said that rather than have the seniors pay a yearly fee for the federal permit, they instituted the one-time $5 lifetime license to exempt them from the federal permit fees.

Lifetime licenses are available anywhere fishing licenses are sold. For a list of locations, click here.