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Red Drum & Red Snapper seasons open

Photo courtesy of Kyle Maidens

The recreational fishing season for Red Snapper will reopen over the Labor Day Weekend.

The season will only be open in Mississippi territorial waters on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at 12:01 a.m. and close on Sunday, September 2, 2018, at 11:59 p.m.

Harvest totals from the Tails ‘n Scales reporting system indicate the annual catch target for the private recreational fishery is projected to be reached by the end of the weekend on Sunday. However, the MDMR has the authority to adjust the recreational Red Snapper season if finalized landings indicate additional harvest would remain within the quota allowed under the Federal Exempted Fishing Permit or for any other reason such as inclement weather or due to unforeseen circumstances.

Red Snapper isn’t the only thing Mississippians will be able to catch over the weekend. The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources says the commercial fishing season for Red Drum will also open at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday.

The annual total allowable catch for commercial Red Drum is 60,000 pounds. If the quota is reached before Dec. 31, the season will be closed until Jan. 1, 2019.

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