Mississippi’s Department of Marine Resources closed the recreational and commercial greater amberjack seasons at 12:01 a.m. today in the state’s territorial waters.

This closing is under the authority of Mississippi Code Ann.49-15-15(1)(a)(2009) and through the authority granted to the executive director of the MDMR by the Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources.

New records certified

The state Commission on Marine Resources certified three recreational conventional tackle records during its Aug. 19 meeting. Oddly enough, all three fish were caught on the same day — July 5.

* Thor Goodfellow of Gulfport established a state record for a cownose ray (Rhinoptera bonasus) with a 28-pound, 9-ounce fish. It is the first listing for this species.

* Riley Saucier of Pascagoula broke the state record for a gulf kingfish (Menticirrhus littoralis) with a 2-pound fish. The previous record was 1 pound, 15.36 ounces, set in 2009.

Jordan Mathews of Biloxi broke the state record for a spinner shark (Carcharhinus brevipinna) with a 164-pound, 7-ounce fish. The previous record was 159 pounds, 4.8 ounces, set in 2004.

For information on registering a fish for a record and a complete listing of Mississippi salt water records, including both conventional and fly fishing, visit http://www.dmr.state.ms.us/index.php/recreational-fishing.