Several fishing seasons are now open for 2017

FILE PHOTO Commercial fishermen Tucker Walker, left, and Michael Keller deliver freshly caught flounder to Austin Fish Company, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2003, in Nags Head, NC. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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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