KENNESAW, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Yamaha Marine Group applauds the U.S. Department of Commerce for its decision to expand the 2017 private recreational fishing season for Gulf of Mexico red snapper, and the many organizations and individuals who have contributed to increasing access for recreational anglers.
The plan, which takes effect this weekend, will provide 39 additional days of red snapper fishing in federal waters, and was the result of negotiations between the Department of Commerce and the Gulf states to improve recreational access after a record low three-day federal season was implemented earlier in June.
“We would like to thank Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Congressmen Garret Graves (R-La.) and Austin Scott (R-Ga.) who negotiated for this solution,” said Ben Speciale, President, Yamaha Marine Group. “Their efforts were supported and encouraged by many individuals and groups that raised awareness. These groups include the members of the Center for Sportfishing Policy and the National Marine Manufacturer’s Association®, as well as individual recreational anglers, employees of boat companies and dealers who wrote letters and visited government officials.”
The original 2017 recreational red snapper season in Gulf federal waters was held June 1-3. The extended season will be 39 days total, consisting of three-day weekends (Friday-Sunday) from Friday, June 16 through Monday, September 4. Fishing will also be allowed on Monday and Tuesday, July 3-4 and Monday, September 4. In exchange for these additional fishing days, red snapper harvest will not be allowed in state or federal waters on Monday through Thursday during the summer (with the exception of holidays). Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas may have additional fishing days in state waters in the fall depending on harvest estimates from the summer season. Changes will only apply to private recreational anglers.
“The snapper decision is a victory for boating and fishing, but it affects one species in a single region. As an industry and community, we need to increase our efforts; all future policy decisions should take into account the economic impact of the recreational fishing and boating sector,” said Speciale. “Next, we will work as a community to see that the Modern Fish Act becomes law.”
The Modern Fish Act would amend the Magnuson-Stevens Act, taking into account the needs of recreational anglers. The bill was introduced with bipartisan support in the U.S. House of Representatives by Garret Graves (R-La.), Gene Green (D-Texas), Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) and Rob Wittman (R-Va.).
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