The state recreational fishing season for Red Snapper reopened in Mississippi territorial waters today and will close when the assigned recreational quota is reached.
Matt Hill, the Finfish Bureau Director, said the two week closure gives them the opportunity to go through the data that was collected through the Tales n’ Scales program.
“It lets us quality check it so we can come up with an accurate number and can determine what the second half of the season will look like,” said Hill.
All anglers must register their trips through MDMR’s Tails n’ Scales program, which is available through a smartphone app, a website and a call center. Anglers must register in the system and create a trip before fishing for Red Snapper. They must have a trip authorization number when they are out on the water. Trip authorization numbers expire after 24 hours; anglers should report their catch before the trip expires. The previous trip must be closed before creating a new one.
The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources is dedicated to enhancing, protecting and conserving marine interests of the state by managing all marine life, public trust wetlands, adjacent uplands and waterfront areas to provide for the optimal commercial, recreational, educational and economic uses of these resources consistent with environmental concerns and social changes.