Commercial Spotted Seatrout, Red Drum and Flounder Seasons to Open Jan. 1, 2012

11-133-CWS | December 21, 2011

BILOXI, Miss. – Three commercial fishing seasons will open in Mississippi territorial waters on New Year’s Day. The commercial fishing season for spotted seatrout (Cynoscion nebulosus), which has a 40,000-pound quota, red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus), which has a 35,000-pound quota and flounder (Paralicthys sp), which has a 74,000-pound quota will each open Jan. 1, 2012, at 12:01 a.m.


The opening of each of these seasons is issued under the authority of Section 49-15-15 (1) of the Mississippi Code of 1972.


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