Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL)
Oct 2, 2020
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) made the following statement after being briefed on preliminary results from the Great Red Snapper Count, which show approximately three times the amount of red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico as shown by current federal data.
Byrne said: “The Great Red Snapper Count will make clear what fishermen and scientists across the Gulf Coast have long known – federal data has consistently been wrong and undercounted the true snapper fishery. I am confident this new data will show that we can increase opportunities for snapper fishermen without danger to the health of our fishery. I am proud to continue fighting federal bureaucrats for Alabama to have the flexibility to make the best decisions to protect our fisheries, and it is now the responsibility of the Gulf Council to use this new and more accurate data to assure that everyone along the Gulf has a rational and appropriate season. There are plenty of fish for everyone.”
Byrne was instrumental in Congressional approval and funding for the Great Red Snapper Count program, an in depth estimate at the true number of red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico in response to poor federal data on the fishery stock. The results of the Great Red Snapper Count are expected to be released to the public later this year.