Fisheries & Fish Industry

Several fishing seasons open Sunday

Several fishing seasons open Sunday

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Several fishing seasons open Sunday in Mississippi.

The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources says the commercial fishing seasons for flounder, red drum and greater amberjack will each open at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 1, in Mississippi territorial waters.

The total allowable catch for commercial landings of red drum is set at 60,000 pounds between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2017. That catch is divided into three four-month periods with a 20,000-pound catch allowed in each period: Jan. 1-April 30; May 1-Aug. 31 and Sept. 1-Dec. 31.

The department also announced Friday that the recreational fishing season for gray triggerfish will remain closed for 2017 or until further notice.

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