Bet­ter Snap­per Man­age­ment

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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.

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