Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL)
Oct 2, 2019
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) issued the following statement after NOAA Fisheries published a proposed rule to make state management of Alabama’s red snapper fishery permanent.
Congressman Byrne said: “With this proposed rule, we can continue the progress we have made ensuring Alabama’s recreational fisherman have access to a healthy red snapper population and full, flexible seasons. In only two years under state management, fishermen and our coastal communities have enjoyed longer snapper seasons that have greatly benefited our local economy. This is a significant victory for those of us who have worked for years to reign in a Washington bureaucracy that was using faulty data to keep our snapper fishermen docked ashore, and we will continue working to promote a robust snapper fishery to be enjoyed for years to come. Special thanks are due to Senator Shelby for his significant work on this issue over many years.”
Congressman Byrne has made state management of the red snapper fishery a priority. He was instrumental in securing an exemption for Gulf states to set their own 2018 and 2019 red snapper season lengths.