Apr 27 2016

Shelby: NOAA’s Recreational Red Snapper Season Announcement is Disappointing & Unacceptable

WASHINGTON, DC – Wednesday, April 27, 2016 – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS), today released a statement following the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announcement outlining the 2016 red snapper season length for recreational fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico:

“The decision to limit the red snapper season for private anglers this year is disappointing and underscores the failures of NOAA’s current system to count fish.  While I am encouraged by the small increase in days for the charter fleet, a nine day season for private recreational anglers is simply unacceptable.  I will continue to fight against NOAA’s mismanagement and stand up for much-needed investments to boost the red snapper fishery.”

To learn more about Senator Shelby’s work to ensure that both commercial and recreational fishermen have increased access to the red snapper population in the Gulf, click here.