Byrne applauds 2019 Alabama red snapper fishing season
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) issued the following statement in response to Alabama announcing that the 2019 Red Snapper for recreational fishermen will take place on three-day weekends (Friday-Sunday) from June 1st through July 28th, including July 4th.
Byrne said: “Under the Red Snapper season announced today, Alabama’s fishermen and coastal communities should be thrilled. This full season will provide adequate time for recreational fishermen to take advantage of the healthy Red Snapper fishery in the Gulf while also boosting the economy in our coastal communities.
“I want to thank Senator Richard Shelby, Governor Kay Ivey, Alabama Conservation Commissioner Chris Blankenship, and Marine Resources Division Director Scott Bannon for being outstanding partners as we work to give our fishermen adequate time to fish for Red Snapper while continuing to grow the health of the fishery.”
Earlier this week, Congressman Byrne sent a letter to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) urging support for the State of Alabama’s 2019 Red Snapper season. In 2018, NOAA Fisheries approved an Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) for Alabama and the other Gulf Coast states to allow for states to set their own Red Snapper seasons within federal catch limits.