Commercial Red Drum season closes March 25

16-20-MSS | March 24, 2016

BILOXI, Miss. – Officials with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources announced Thursday that the commercial fishing season for Red Drum (Sciaenops ocellatus) will close in Mississippi territorial waters on Friday, March 25, at 12:01 p.m.


The season will reopen on Sunday, May 1, 2016, at 12:01 a.m.


The yearly quota for commercial Red Drum is 60,000 pounds. The Commission on Marine Resources has set three four-month seasons with a 20,000-pound quota in each season.


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