DMR allows red snapper fishing in Mississippi waters on weekends in July

SUN HERALDJune 26, 2014 

BILOXI -- Department of Marine Resources Executive Director Jamie Miller said Thursday that Mississippi anglers will be allowed to harvest red snapper in state waters every weekend in July.

Miller announced his decision Thursday in a news release after the Commission on Marine Resources voted 3-0 to give him the authority to open a season in state waters.

"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."

The nine miles of Mississippi waters will be open for red snapper fishing July 4-6, July 11-13, July 18-20 and July 25-27. The bag limit will be two red snapper per person with a minimum size of 16 inches.

The federal red snapper season ran June 1-9. Most of the red snapper fishing is in the deeper federal waters near oil rigs.

In 2012 the state Legislature approved extending state waters to 8 miles for fisheries management, and the law went into effect July 1, 2013. However, anglers are reminded the federal government does not recognize this distance, and anyone possessing red snapper farther than 3 miles south of the barrier islands could receive citations from federal or state law enforcement officers. Fishing between 3 and 9 miles in Mississippi waters is at the angler's own risk.

DMR officials are asking fishermen to participate in the agency's voluntary red snapper reporting program during the July season. They can report their catch on the agency's website or complete an information card, available at local bait shops.

Those with iPhones can download a red snapper app on iTunes.

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