- Associated Press - Friday, September 23, 2016

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources has opted to review more data rather than make a decision on regulation changes for speckled trout fishing.

Joe Jewell, office director of Marine Fisheries at the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, tells The Clarion-Ledger (http://on.thec-l.com/2csL10K) they want to evaluate the model output.

Jewell said Tuesday they want to hear from the fishermen to make sure they make the most and best informed decision.

Both the commission and DMR officials concluded fishing regulations pertaining to speckled trout need to be changed after a stock assessment revealed only about 10 percent of the population in Mississippi waters is old enough to reproduce. That number is well below the 20 to 30 percent Spawning Potential Ratio that is considered sustainable.

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Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, http://www.clarionledger.com

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