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First time in a decade...I can't believe it

I can't decide if this is good or bad. On one hand we get more days fishing in fed water but in the other hand we had to give up state days. Either way it screws my week of fishing I had planned for the last week in June! Dammitman!


WASHINGTON -For the first time in a decade, Federal authorities and the five Gulf States have agreed to align Federal and State private angler red snapper fishing seasons for the remainder of the summer, and the Department of Commerce has re-opened the 2017 private angler recreational season for 39 weekend days and holidays. Majority Whip Scalise and other Members of Congress were instrumental in reaching this agreement.
"I'd like to offer my thoughts and prayers to Whip Scalise, his staff, the Capitol Police, and their families," said Secretary Ross. "Majority Whip Scalise and his staff have been incredibly helpful on this and a host of other issues, and I wish them and the other victims a speedy recovery. Such a despicable act of violence has no place in our political discourse, and the Administration and Congress will continue to work together in service to the American people."

The agreement reached between the Secretary of Commerce and the five Gulf States is a significant step forward in building a new Federal-State partnership in managing the Gulf of Mexico red snapper stock. This represents a commitment from the states to restore a shared vision of uniform management that will benefit the long term recovery of the red snapper stock while maximizing the economic benefits from recreational fishing in the Gulf region.

The new rule announced today will re-open the 2017 Federal recreational season for red snapper by the private angling component on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from June 16, 2017, through Labor Day, September 4, 2017. During this time, the season will be closed Monday through Thursday with the exception of July 3, July 4, and September 4. Correspondingly, the five Gulf States will bring their state red snapper water seasons into alignment with the Federal water season for the rest of the summer.

The Departments rule does not change the quota or season length for the federally permitted for-hire component of the recreational fishery or the commercial individual fishing quota program and the 2017 commercial quota.

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  • Panhandler80Panhandler80 Posts: 8,613 Moderator
    States negotiated to early, IMO. We should have fished 365 for a few years then sat down with feds.

    Feds flexed one time in (10 days to 3) in response to lengthened state seasons and we fell RIGHT back in line in mirroring Fed regs. Keep in mind, Fed's are appointed bureaucrats who's mission it is to restrict rec fishing to catch and release. State representation in Washington is held directly accountable by voters. Their mission is to be re-elected. As such they will always favor immediate bandaids rather than lengthy surgery


    Feels good for now, but in can almost promise that we'll pay for it in spades next year. States effectively absolved themselves from fight yestrday in bandaid fix. Fed's will punish the whole lot of us for our actions by saying 5 days acid y the board. States representation will claim, "out of our hands (which they secretly love because they can pass the buck and increase odds of reelection)... we did all we could last year and it's now a federal issue."

    Gotta remember... we WILL be hosed. This change hsppened WAY to quickly for any measures preventing that to be implemented. States called "uncle" and cashed out. Path of least resistance and job / power security.
    "Whatcha doin' in my waters?"
  • BeckBeck Posts: 2,332 Captain
    I agree, especially getting hosed and likely not having a season at all for a couple of years as retaliation.

    What I'm curious about is if the feds do try to pull back the season for next year and beyond because Of "over fishing", I wonder if the state can go back to a season like they had originally set this year or if they had to sign future years away as part of the deal....surely they're not so dumb as to give up all leverage.
  • Panhandler80Panhandler80 Posts: 8,613 Moderator
    Beck wrote: »
    I agree, especially getting hosed and likely not having a season at all for a couple of years as retaliation.

    What I'm curious about is if the feds do try to pull back the season for next year and beyond because Of "over fishing", I wonder if the state can go back to a season like they had originally set this year or if they had to sign future years away as part of the deal....surely they're not so dumb as to give up all leverage.

    they probably can, but they Will lessen the chance of political ramifications if they simply wash their hands of it and telln the masses, it's a federal issue asvacresult of our hard work on your behalf last year. it's a tar baby and for text 11 months they heroes. They were also hero's when states lengthened season, but that put em in a bind when Fed's retaliated. I could see all state folks in D.C. enjoying an 11 month high on this issue, and when it comes up next year, they all say, "not again. we're done. not getting wrapped up in this again. "
    "Whatcha doin' in my waters?"
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