Graves Advances Gulf Red Snapper Bill
The House Committee on Natural Resources today approved Congressman Garret Graves’ (R-LA) legislation to transfer management of the Gulf red snapper fishery away from the federal government to the five Gulf States.
H.R. 3094, the Gulf States Red Snapper Management Authority Act (GSRSMA), passed on a bi-partisan vote of 24-14, with one Member voting “present” (Rep. John Fleming (R-Louisiana)).
“The bottom line is this: the federal government is using flawed science and a self-preserving process to obstruct recreational and commercial access to Sportsman’s Paradise,” said Graves. “States can do it better, which is why I’ll continue working with my bi-partisan colleagues until this bill is passed in full House of Representatives.”
Under GSRSMA, the fish and wildlife agencies of the five Gulf States would use public input to develop and implement a coordinated, science-based fishery management plan.
HR 3094 currently has the bipartisan support of 42 cosponsors in the House of Representatives including Louisiana Members Abraham (R), Boustany (R) and Richmond (D). The bill is endorsed by: