Byrne Praises 47 Day Red Snapper Season
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) issued the following statement praising the announcement of a 47 day Red Snapper season for recreational fishermen in Alabama. The announcement applies to both 2018 and 2019.
Congressman Byrne said: “A 47 day Red Snapper season is a huge development for our local fishermen and Alabama’s coastal communities. This is how government should work: take power from Washington and return it to the people who best understand the issue. Under this proposal, our fishermen will have adequate time to enjoy a Gulf Coast tradition while our coastal communities will benefit from increased revenue. It is a win-win situation for coastal Alabama.
“I want to thank the Trump Administration, Senator Richard Shelby, NOAA Fisheries Administrator Chris Oliver, Chris Blankenship and the entire team at the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and everyone who helped make this upcoming Red Snapper season possible. As I have always said, it requires a total team effort to resolve this issue, and today’s announcement is a big step toward greater local control over the Red Snapper fishery.”
The 2018 Red Snapper season in Alabama will run from June 1 through September 3, with Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays open to fishing. The entire week of the Fourth of July (June 30 through July 8) will also be open for Red Snapper fishing.
The announcement of a 47 day Red Snapper season comes following approval of Alabama’s exempted fishing permit (EFP) by the Department of Commerce.
Congressman Byrne has been a champion for a longer Red Snapper season, and he sent a letter earlier this year to the Department of Commerce urging the approval of Alabama’s EFP.