Campaign Updates

Byrne decries snapper science

Posted on June 12th, 2014

Source: GolfCoastNewsToday.com

LILLIAN, Ala. — Efforts are underway to improve the 2015 red-snapper fishing season.

U.S. Congressman Bradley Byrne made that proclamation during a town-hall meeting at Lillian Community Club last week.

That statement was made when an attendee said he sees an abundance of the red snapper when out fishing.

Byrne said that as a member of the House Natural Resources Committee, he has found stock assessment by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to be insufficient.

“Because we’ve got bad science from NOOA, they’re (the red snapper) vastly overstocked,” he said.

The Congressman added that science stems from the fact that red snapper is a reef fish and NOOA representatives admitted that they don’t sample the fish at reefs.

Byrne added that as a solution, he has joined with other representatives in the Gulf States to propose legislation that would put the responsibility of assessing red snapper stock and assigning fishing limits in the hands of the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Council.

“I’m confident we’ll get much better data,” he said. “We stand to be able to double and triple the amount of catch limit. I think a fix is on the way.”

He added that the key to that fix is “getting NOOA science out of the way.”

“That should get our season back on track for us next summer,” Byrne said.