Commission on Marine Resources Meeting

No headway was made at today’s Commission on Marine Resources meeting in a debate that has continued for nearly three decades.
Many feel states should be able to set their own regulations on red snapper, but federal management continues to restrict recreational fishermen. Like other charter fishermen, Bobby Williams of Three Sons IV Charter Fishing makes his living off the water, and he’s well aware how shorter fishing seasons bite into his profits and livelihood: “It hurts us very much because we only had nine days last year, we’re trying to get it set up where the charter boat industry has its own segment for snapper fishing.”
Mississippi has shallow coastal waters, so one size fits all federal policies seem unfair to anglers. Officials with Marine Resources tell News 25 that federal regulations have worked so far. Mississippi Department of Marine Resources Executive Director Jamie Miller said, “Generally, we think they’ve done a good job. We need to continue to work on how the science is collected and how that is disseminated.”
While the debate continues, fishermen will keep doing what they can to make a living out on the water.
The federal red snapper season starts June 1st and lasts to the 10th, but MDMR Executive Director Miller has the authority to add additional days to the state season.

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