Better Snapper Management
R-LA.; Cedric L. Richmond, D-LA.; Randy K. Weber Sr., R-texas; Bennie G. Thompson, D-miss.; Blake Farenthold, R-texas; Wm. Lacy Clay, D-MO.; Clay Higgins, R-LA.; Steven M. Palazzo, R-miss.; Austin Scott, R-GA.; and Bradley Byrne, R-ala.
The Red Snapper Act builds upon recent efforts to increase the management role of the Gulf states, which are better equipped to manage recreational fishing and have a proven track record of finding a balance between conservation and reasonable public access, by greatly extending offshore state boundaries for the purpose of private recreational red snapper management. The bill also contains a number of conservation measures to ensure red snapper stocks remain healthy.
“Gulf red snapper is an extremely complex and highly politicized fishery that has been manipulated by the federal management system into an unworkable condition for recreational anglers. We believe the only real solution is to give the states full management authority,” said Patrick Murray, president of the Coastal Conservation Association.