A bill to improve management of red snapper in the Gulf
Jenna Tinney with a 14 pound red snapper, caught during the recently extended season on July 1st off of Sanibel on 30 pound tackle with a vermilion snapper for bait.
Today a bill was introduced in both chambers of Congress to change the way red snapper are managed in the Gulf of Mexico to give states more leeway in the management of the fishery. It’s called the Red Snapper Act, and original cosponsors include Senators Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and John Kennedy (R-La.); and Congressmen Garret Graves (R-La.); Cedric L. Richmond (D-La.); Randy K. Weber, Sr. (R-Texas); Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.); Blake Farenthold (R-Texas); Wm. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.); Clay Higgins (R-La.); Steven M. Palazzo (R-Miss.); Austin Scott (R-Ga.); and Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.).
The proposed legislation builds upon recent efforts to increase the role of the states by greatly extending offshore state boundaries for the purpose of private recreational red snapper management. The bill also contains measures to ensure that red snapper remain one of the healthiest fish stocks in the Gulf of Mexico. “The Center for Sportfishing Policy supports the Red Snapper Act because it better allows Americans access to America’s public fishery resources,”…