Byrne Statement on Red Snapper Decision
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) issued the following statement highlighting the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council’s approval of an exempted fishing permit pilot program for the 2018 and 2019 Red Snapper seasons in the Gulf of Mexico. The program will allow the Gulf states to set their own Red Snapper season lengths.
Congressman Byrne said: “I want to thank the Gulf Council for their support of the exempted fishing permit pilot program to ensure local fishermen have an adequate Red Snapper season for the next two years. As I have always said, this issue is about so much for than just our fishermen. A full Red Snapper season is good news for the hotels, restaurants, gas stations, and other small businesses in our coastal communities.
“I also want to thank Senator Richard Shelby, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Commissioner Chris Blankenship, and our other Gulf Coast colleagues for working together to ensure our fishermen and coastal communities have a full and adequate Red Snapper season.”
In December, Congressman Byrne sent a letter to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National marine Fisheries Service urging their support of the exempted fishing permit pilot program for Red Snapper.
Click here to read Congressman Byrne’s letter.
Click here to read the response from the NOAA.