JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- State marine officials say the recreational fishing season for red snapper will close in Mississippi territorial waters on August 5.
The Department of Marine Resources says the 12:01 a.m. shutdown coincides with the closing of red snapper season in federal waters.
The recreational fishery in federal waters will reopen on June 1, the beginning of the 2009 federal recreational fishing season.
Marine officials say the step was taken to prevent overfishing and to keep the recreational fishery from exceeding its quota during the 2008 fishing year.