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Mississippi extends Red Snapper season to October

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Mississippi is extending its Red Snapper season in state waters through October.

Mississippi Department of Marine Resources Executive Director Jamie Miller announced Thursday morning that anglers will be allowed to harvest Red Snapper in state waters from July 16 through Oct. 31. The bag limit will be two Red Snapper per person with a minimum size of 16 inches.

"I believe a state season will have minimal impact on the resource and will benefit our local recreational anglers," said Miller. "We want them to have every opportunity to fish for Red Snapper, and extending the state season through October will provide anglers greater flexibility to plan trips and will provide MDMR with additional landings data."

In 2012, the state Legislature approved extending state waters to nine miles for fisheries management, and the law went into effect July 1, 2013. However, fishermen are reminded that the federal government does not recognize this distance, and anyone possessing Red Snapper farther than three miles south of the barrier islands could receive citations from federal law enforcement officers or federally deputized law enforcement. Fishing between three and nine miles in Mississippi waters is at the angler's own risk.

Anyone catching Red Snapper is required to report the catch to MDMR. Anglers with smartphones can download "Tails N Scales" in the iTunes App store or on Google Play. They also can use the website, www.tailsnscales.org.

Anyone wishing to speak to a representative can call 1-844-MSSNAPP.

"The purpose of this electronic reporting system is to provide fishery managers the best available data to ensure Mississippi anglers the most opportunities and greatest flexibility for Red Snapper harvest," said Matt Hill, director of MDMR's Finfish Bureau. "The mandatory reporting system will provide for accurate and timely data that will be used for better resource management."

The federal Red Snapper season ran from June 1-10, and Hill said there was a high compliance rate among anglers for that season.

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