Red Snapper season opens; Amberjack season closes - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Red Snapper season opens; Amberjack season closes

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

The recreational fishing season for red snapper opens in Mississippi territorial waters on June 1, the same day the recreational fishing season for greater amberjack is set to close. The commercial amberjack season will close on Saturday, June 18, according to the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources.

DMR announced Thursday that the recreational fishing season for red snapper opens in Mississippi territorial waters on June 1, 2011, at 12:01 a.m. and will close July 19, 2011, at 12:01 a.m. This coincides with the opening and closing of red snapper season in federal waters.

Current Mississippi state regulations for red snapper are:

  • 16-inch minimum size
  • Two fish possession

Charter vessel crew and captain are prohibited from retaining the recreational bag limit.

The commercial fishing season for greater amberjack will close in Mississippi territorial waters on Saturday, June 18, 2011, at 12:01 a.m. and remain closed through Dec. 31, 2011. This coincides with the opening and closing of commercial greater amberjack season in federal waters.

The last day to commercially fish for greater amberjack is Friday, June 17, 2011, and all commercially caught greater amberjack must be landed no later than midnight. The season will reopen Jan. 1, 2012, at 12:01 a.m.

Recreational fishing season for greater amberjack will close in Mississippi territorial waters on Wednesday, June 1, 2011, at 12:01 a.m. and remain closed through Aug. 1, 2011 at 12:01 a.m. This coincides with the closing of recreational greater amberjack season in federal waters.

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