Apr 30 2015

Shelby: NOAA's Red Snapper Season Announcement Highlights Failures, Need for Significant Reforms

WASHINGTON, DC – Thursday, April 30, 2015 – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS), today released a statement following the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announcement outlining the 2015 red snapper season length for recreational fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico:

“NOAA’s red snapper season announcement today is deeply disappointing.  While the decision to increase the number of days for charter boats to fish is a step in the right direction, limiting private anglers to only 10 days this year is completely unacceptable. 

“Today’s announcement also further demonstrates the failure of the current system by which NOAA counts red snapper, and it is clear that significant reforms are needed immediately.  I will continue to use every tool available to me in the Senate and on the Appropriations Committee to press for changes to NOAA’s misguided policies that have left anglers with far too few fishing opportunities.”

Senator Shelby has been instrumental in securing critical reforms in Congress to ensure that both commercial and recreational fishermen have increased access to the red snapper population in the Gulf. To learn more, click here.