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Red Snapper season to close Sunday

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Mississippi’s red snapper season is closing. Mississippi Department of Marine Resources said state for-hire vessels are projected to reach their quota for Red Snapper, and the season will end at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, June 10.

MDMR determined that the 2,800-pound quota allocated to the state for-hire fishery will be met. Vessels with a federal for-hire permit can fish for Red Snapper until 12:01 a.m. Sunday, July 22.

The season for private recreational anglers currently is projected to run through Labor Day with a possible closure from July 9-22. The mid-season closure is to ensure that Mississippi’s annual quota of 137,949 pounds is not met before Labor Day and depends on the number of pounds caught by July 4.

Anglers who fish for Red Snapper are required to register their trip through Tails n’ Scales, MDMR’s reporting program which is available in app form. However, users must create a profile and start a trip before going fishing for Red Snapper.

In addition, anglers must have a trip number when they are out on the water and must report their catch within 24 hours. They also must close out one trip before creating a new one. MDMR said anglers who are caught without an authorization number will be fined and their fish confiscated.

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