Graves’s Red Snapper Bill to be Subject of Natural Resources Committee Hearing
Washington, DC – The House Natural Resources Committee announced that it will hold a hearing later this month on H.R. 3094 – the Gulf States Red Snapper Management Authority Act (GSRSMA), legislation that Congressman Garret Graves (R – South Louisiana) introduced earlier this year to transfer management of the Gulf red snapper fishery from the federal government to the five Gulf States. Under GSRSMA, fish and wildlife agencies of the five Gulf States would use public input to develop and implement a coordinated, science-based fishery management plan.
“The current management regime is a complete failure and the federal government’s science is not providing an accurate picture of the health of the fishery,” said Graves. “This is an opportunity to harness the Gulf State agencies’ expertise to improve access for the enormous recreational fishing community in South Louisiana and the Gulf South while sustainably managing our fisheries. I’m looking forward to this hearing and to adopting a species management model that is sustainable and fair.”
Congressman Graves’s bi-partisan legislation currently has 26 cosponsors in the House of Representatives. The Full Committee hearing will take place on October 22, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time.