Jun 29 2012
Matt McCullough, Communications Director (202) 225-5235
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Steve Southerland, II released the following statement today following an announcement from NOAA Fisheries Service that the red snapper season for the Gulf of Mexico has been extended six days:
"I appreciate NOAA Fisheries' willingness to extend the Gulf red snapper season six additional days in July to account for fishing days lost due to Tropical Storm Debby. This small victory for our fishermen indicates a willingness to hear our concerns, and that makes me hopeful that an additional extension could be granted for a fall reopening if data indicates that our recreational fishing quota was not reached."
Earlier this week, Southerland, along with Reps. Jeff Landry (R-LA) and Jeff Miller (R-FL), authored a letter to Dr. Roy Crabtree, Southeast regional director for NOAA Fisheries, requesting a 21-day extension through the end of the peak July tourist season.