2017 Mississippi Code
Title 49 - Conservation and Ecology
Chapter 15 - Seafood
Article 1 - General Provisions
§ 49-15-92. Penalties for theft of crab traps or crabs

Universal Citation: MS Code § 49-15-92 (2017)
  • (1) Any person who steals, takes and carries away crab traps or the property of another used to catch saltwater crabs, upon conviction, shall be fined not less than One Hundred Dollars ($ 100.00) nor more than Five Hundred Dollars ($ 500.00) or imprisoned for not more than ninety (90) days, or both, for the first offense; for the second offense, when the offense is committed within three (3) years of the first offense, shall be fined not less than Five Hundred Dollars ($ 500.00) nor more than One Thousand Dollars ($ 1,000.00); for the third and subsequent offenses when committed within three (3) years of the first offense, shall be fined not less than Two Thousand Dollars ($ 2,000.00) nor more than Four Thousand Dollars ($ 4,000.00) or imprisoned for not more than six (6) months.
  • (2) Any person, firm or corporation convicted and sentenced under this section for a second or subsequent offense shall not be considered for a reduction of the fine.
  • (3) In addition to the penalties in subsection (1), any person who steals, removes, takes or carries away the crabs from another person's crab traps shall also pay restitution to the owner of the traps for the crabs taken.
  • (4) This section shall not apply to any person who removes crab traps that are illegally placed or in an illegal location. This section shall not apply to any person who catches abandoned crab traps in a shrimp trawl, keeps the crab traps aboard the vessel and properly disposes of the crab traps.
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