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.

Tell Congress – Stop Federal mismanagement of our saltwater fisheries

On May 3, 2017, Federal authorities announced that the Gulf of Mexico red snapper season would be a mere three days – the shortest in history. This announcement is the latest example of why reform of federal saltwater fisheries management is needed now.

We need better management today. Send a message your Member of Congress today asking them to support the Modern Fish Act.

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