16-41-CWS | June 8, 2016
BILOXI, Miss. – Officials with NOAA Fisheries announced Wednesday that they are extending the federal Red Snapper season for recreational anglers. The season originally was going to end at 12:01 a.m. Friday, June 10; however, because of the effects of Tropical Storm Colin, the season will close at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, June 12. “NOAA has taken into consideration the adverse weather conditions created by Tropical Storm Colin and its impacts on recreational Red Snapper fishermen,” said Joe Jewell, director of the Office of Marine Fisheries at the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources.
“This is great news for private recreational fishermen who already are dealing with one of the shortest federal seasons on record.”
Jewell reminded recreational fishermen that they are required to participate in MDMR’s reporting program, “Tails N’ Scales.” Reporting can be done through the smartphone App, the website, tailsnscales.org, or the call center, 1-844-MSSNAPP (677-6277).
The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources is dedicated to enhancing, protecting and conserving marine interests of the state by managing all marine life, public trust wetlands, adjacent uplands and waterfront areas to provide for the optimal commercial, recreational, educational and economic uses of these resources consistent with environmental concerns and social changes. Visit the DMR online at dmr.ms.gov.