Landrieu/Dept. Wildlife and Fisheries fighting federally mandated 9 day Red Snapper season
Lafayette, La. (KADN) — US Senator Mary Landrieu and Secretary of the Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries Robert Barham disagree with the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council's decision to cut the Red Snapper season from 40 days to nine. Sen. Landrieu is pushing for legislation, the Red Snapper Conservation Act, which would transfer the decision of the length of the season from the federal level to the state level. Both Landrieu and Barham believe the shortened season would cause a significant economic impact on Louisiana fishermen and the Gulf economy. Landrieu stated "Given the rising stocks of red snapper a nine day season is unthinkable and it's a stark reminder that the old system governing recreational fishing for red snapper is unquestionably broken".