Alabama Congressman Bradley Byrne says he wants to explore new ways to develop what he calls, a more reasonable red snapper season in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Byrne is taking part in a hearing to reform federal rules on fishing on Tuesday, February 4, 2014. He said currently, the Science and Statistical Committee of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council places severe limits on the red snapper catch, affecting both recreational fishermen and charter boat captains. While local hearings have been held on the issue, little has really changed.
FOX10 News anchor Bob Grip asked the congressman if the federal estimates on the snapper population are based on bad science.
Byrne said, “Bad science is at the root of it, and the question is, can you get good science from the present committee? Do we do away with that committee and depend on these regional councils, because there are not just fishermen like you and me, but there are marine scientists like Dr. Bob Shipp locally, who will tell you that we’ve got plenty of snapper in the Gulf of Mexico”.
In referring to the Committee, Byrne continued, “They’re not listening to the citizens that they’re supposed to be serving ”.
Byrne said he supports a proposal which would allow Alabama to control its waters up to a distance of 9 miles from shore.