A Red Snapper victory

June 20, 2017
Bradley Byrne

Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

We recently had a major victory for our area’s Red Snapper fishermen and the coastal communities, which benefit from a longer Red Snapper season.

Last Wednesday, the Federal Department of Commerce announced an emergency extension of the 2017, Red Snapper season for recreational fishermen. As you probably remember, it was announced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration earlier this year that the Red Snapper season would be just three days, the shortest season ever.
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Byrne Says that Red Snapper Season Will Be Short Again

April 7, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, April 6 US Representative Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) expressed his disappointment on learning that federal authorities were again limiting the Red Snapper season in Alabama waters to just a few days.

Rep. Byrne said, “My office has received word that this year’s Red Snapper season for recreational fishermen is expected to once again be just a few days. While the season length has not yet been finalized, this is very discouraging. There are plenty of Red Snapper in the Gulf, and it just makes no sense to continue having these painfully short seasons. Last year, we were able to get a bill passed through the House that would give states more control over the process. Sadly, that bill has stalled out in the Senate. Given today’s news, I am once again calling on the Senate to act on our House-passed bill in order to bring much needed relief to our fishermen and coastal communities.”
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Red Snapper Season Limited to Just Ten Days

May 1, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, April 30, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that the 2015 Red Snapper season length for recreational fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico will be just ten days: from June 1 to June 10 in federal waters.  Charter boats will have a 44 day season from June 1 to July 14.

US Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) said in a statement “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.”
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Shelby Legislation Affecting Red Snapper and Gulf Fisheries Passes Subcommittee

June 5, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, June 03 U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R) from Alabama announced that the Senate Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies passed the Fiscal Year 2015 CJS appropriations bill, which contains critical provisions affecting fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico.

According to Sen. Shelby’s office among the other important provisions, the legislation includes language directing that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) take into account the benefits of artificial reefs and offshore energy exploration infrastructure when conducting stock assessments for reef fish in the Gulf of Mexico, including red snapper.  The legislation also requires that NOAA take into consideration any imbalance occurring in the ecosystem due to larger and more red snapper prior to making any changes to red snapper quotas for the Gulf of Mexico.
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