Stand Up for Gulf Red Snapper Fishing

The red snapper fishery in the Gulf of Mexico is an important commercial and recreational fishery that has been plagued by controversy.

Even though the Gulf red snapper population is healthier than it has been in decades, because of failures to use up-to-date data, federal fisheries managers keep reducing recreational fishing seasons. In 2016, the recreational season was just nine days.

The five Gulf states (Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida) have agreed on a path forward for state-based management of Gulf red snapper. Under the plan, each state would be responsible for developing and implementing a red snapper management plan for its waters, which would be approved by the rest of the states. The announcement was greeted with strong support from the recreational fishing community. Legislation has been introduced in Congress to enact the states’ plan.

Gulf Red Snapper Season Extended

On June 14, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that the 2017 private recreational fishing season for Gulf of Mexico red snapper would be extended.

The plan, which will provide 39 additional days of red snapper fishing in federal waters, was the result of negotiations between Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and the Gulf states after a record low three-day federal season was implemented earlier in June.

Send a letter thanking Secretary Ross for standing up for recreational anglers and for continuing to work to find a permanent solution to the issues that have plagued the Gulf red snapper fishery.

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