Cutting through the noise

July 31, 2017
Bradley Byrne

US Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

There has been a lot of noise coming out of Washington and in the national news media. If you listen to all the noise, you would think the only thing happening in our nation’s capital is staffing drama at the White House and an ongoing Russia investigation.

Those topics consume the national headlines day in and day out. Sadly, that narrative does not match the reality of what is happening in the House of Representatives. In fact, we are getting our work done and following through on our promises.
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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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Alabama leaders applaud Red Snapper announcement

June 15, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, June 13, 2017, The United States Department of Commerce announced an extension of the Federal Red Snapper season. Governor Ivey was notified Tuesday night yesterday of the decision.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) said in a statement, “I am proud to report that President Trump and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross have granted my request to extend the Federal Red Snapper season. The announcement comes after twice last week, once through a letter and once in person while at the White House, I asked President Trump to add to the season.”
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State leaders ask Trump to extend Red Snapper season by executive order

June 5, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, June 2, 2017, both Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) and former Chief Justice Roy Moore (R) sent letters to President Trump formally requesting that he use his Executive powers to extend the 2017 Federal Red Snapper Season.

Governor Ivey said in a statement, “Red Snapper fishing is vital to Alabamians as it is a major source of recreational enjoyment and provides great economic impact. Overreaching Federal bureaucrats have unjustly made the 2017 Red Snapper Season shorter than any season in history – that decision is simply unacceptable for Alabama.”
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State Leaders angered over three-day Snapper season

May 3, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama fishermen can only catch and keep Red Snapper for three days this year.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that the 2017 Gulf of Mexico Federal Red Snapper Recreational Seasons open for the private angling and Federally permitted for-hire components on June 1, 2017, at 12:01 a.m. local time. The private angler component season will be three days and the Federally permitted for-hire component season will be 49 days in Federal waters. Private Anglers must not take any red snapper after June 4, 2017, at 12:01 a.m.
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State thanks Shelby for NOAA Red Snapper Study announcement

March 15, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, March 14, 2017, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that it is funding an independent and external assessment to measure the actual number of red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico.

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR). Conservation Commissioner N. Gunter Guy, Jr. said that this action would not have taken place without the efforts of Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama).
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Byrne says Federal Government doing horrible job managing Red Snapper

February 22, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, February 20, 2017, US Representative Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) cited recent State Red Snapper numbers to discredit the smaller estimates used by the Federal government for management of the Red Snapper fisheries. Alabama District 118.

Just another example of the horrible job the Federal government is doing when it comes to managing Red Snapper fishing in the Gulf. It is clear the Gulf states have better methods for monitoring Red Snapper fishing. This why I continue to work with colleagues in Washington to give more power over Red Snapper fishing to the Gulf states.
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2016 Red Snapper Season Will Be Just Nine Days

April 28, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 Alabama leaders denounced a decision by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to limit the 2016 red snapper season for private fisherman to just nine days. Charter boat captains got some relief from NOAA. They were given a 46 day season in which clients pay harvest the popular table fish. Fisherman are allowed to fish for red snapper outside of the prescribed season, but must release all red snapper caught outside of the season. Fishermen may only keep two fish per day and the minimum fish kept is sixteen inches long. U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R from Alabama), U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne, and state Auditor Jim Zeigler all released statements calling the nine day plan unacceptable.
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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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Looking Back on 2015

December 28, 2015
Bradley Byrne

By Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

2015 was packed full of major developments for Southwest Alabama. As the year draws to a close, I thought it would be a good time to review some of the highlights.

One of the first votes the House of Representatives took in 2015 was on my bill to repeal Obamacare in its entirety and instead move forward with patient-centered healthcare reform that isn’t run by the federal government. My bill passed the House by a vote of 296 to 186.
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