The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources will start its voluntary red snapper reporting program for recreational fishermen on June 1.
The purpose of the program is to allow agency officials to better track how many red snapper are being harvested and landed in Mississippi.
The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1mbqSHY ) the program received unanimous approval by the Commission on Marine Resources at its Tuesday meeting.
Last week, NOAA Fisheries announced that the red snapper season would be nine days, beginning at 12:01 a.m. June 1 and closing at 12:01 a.m. June 10. Before that, the season was set at 11 days. The number of days allowed for red snapper has decreased over the past few years.
Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com