BILOXI, Miss.- The red snapper season was cut short this year angering many fishermen. The season was narrowed down to only nine days after getting 44 days to fish last year.
The recreational red snapper season has been over for about two weeks now, but Thursday afternoon, the Commission on Marine Resources met to discuss opening an additional red snapper season.
This year, the red snapper season was shortened after a lawsuit was filed by commercial fishermen who claimed recreational fishermen over-fished red snapper. This didn’t sit too well with many of the recreational fisherman.
According to the Department of Marine Resources, several recreational fishermen say there’s an overabundance of red snapper and they’re not happy with the shorter season.
Department of Marine Resources is compiling data from recreational fishermen to find out how much red snapper they caught this year and how long they went fishing. If you caught red snapper this year, you are being asked to fill out a questionnaire on the DMR’s website: http://www.dmr.ms.gov
News Mississippi has not received any confirmation whether or not there will be an additional red snapper season or not yet. We will continue to update you once we know more.