Jun 14 2017
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today released the following statement on the Department of Commerce’s recent announcement regarding changes to the 2017 federal recreational season for red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico:
“I am pleased the Department of Commerce is listening to states and local anglers to provide immediate relief to this problem. Adding 39 days to the recreational fishing season for red snapper is great news. Ultimately, a long-term solution is needed that benefits all Gulf fishermen. I will continue to work with Secretary Ross and my Gulf State colleagues to allow further access to this abundant resource.”
As Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science, Senator Shelby has extended state fishery boundaries from 3 to 9 miles to allow increased access for recreational fishermen, authored a provision to implement a state-led pilot program to allow states to take the lead in managing red snapper, and provided unprecedented funding for an independent stock assessment of red snapper as a check on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s internal process. These actions are in an effort to find a lasting solution to this problem.