Red snapper season in Mississippi will be open every weekend next month.
Missisippi Department Marine Resource Executive Director Jamie Miller made the announcement on Thursday about harvesting red snapper in state waters every weekend of July.
"I value the relationship we have with our federal partners," Miller said. "but at the end of the day, our agency must do what is right for Mississippi anglers."
Nine miles of Mississippi waters will be open for red snapper fishing on July 4-6, 11-13, 18-20 and 25-27. The bag limit will be two red snapper per person with a minimum size of 16 inches.
The federal red snapper season lasted from June 1-9.
Fishermen are reminded that the federal government does not recognize this distance. Anyone possessing red snapper farther than three miles south of the barrier islands could receive citations from federal or state law enforcement officers. Fishing between three and nine miles in Mississippi waters is at the angler's own risk.
Joe Jewell, director of the Office of Fisheries for MDMR, hopes fishermen will participate in the agency's voluntary red snapper reporting program next month. They can report their catch on the agency's website, dmr.ms.gov, or fill out an information card that is available at local bait shops. Those with iPhones can download a red snapper app on iTunes.
"The continued participation of our anglers in the voluntary red snapper reporting program will provide essential data to the DMR to allow informed and responsible decisions to be made in a timely manner to ensure the sustainability of Mississippi's red snapper resource," Jewell said.