Congressman Farenthold to Chair Hearing on Red Snapper

Examining the Management of Red Snapper Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico

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Washington, May 2, 2017 | Stacey Kafka (202-225-7742) | comments

Congressman Blake Farenthold (R-Texas), chair of the Subcommittee on Interior, Energy, and Environment, will lead a hearing today discussing the management of red snapper fishing in the Gulf of Mexico.

The subcommittee will discuss ongoing issues with red snapper fishing including: disputes between recreational and commercial fishermen over harvest limits for fishing in federal waters and issues with federal versus state control of snapper. It will also examine the science and data collection associated with managing fisheries to make sure the data that determines the quotas is accurate.

“Red snapper fishing, both commercially and recreationally, is a big part of people’s lives along the Gulf Coast. I look forward to coming up with solutions for red snapper fishing,” said Congressman Farenthold.

The following people will testify during the hearing: Earl Comstock, Director of the Office of Policy and Strategic Planning at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Jamie Miller, Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, Christopher Brown, President of the Seafood Harvesters of America, and Corpus Christi resident, Mark Ray, who is the Vice Chairman of the Coastal Conservation Association.  

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