H.R. 1382 – “Go Fish” (For Red Snapper) Bill Introduced by Randy Weber of Texas

115th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 1382

To establish requirements and restrictions for the commercial, charter, and recreational red snapper fishing seasons in the Gulf of Mexico for the 2017 and 2018 fishing seasons, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
March 7, 2017
Mr. Weber of Texas (for himself, Mr. Austin Scott of Georgia, and Mr. Byrne) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources

A BILL
To establish requirements and restrictions for the commercial, charter, and recreational red snapper fishing seasons in the Gulf of Mexico for the 2017 and 2018 fishing seasons, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the “Give Our Fishermen Immediate Snapper Help Act” or the “GOFISH Act”.

SEC. 2. RED SNAPPER FISHING SEASONS IN THE GULF OF MEXICO.

(a) In General.—Notwithstanding any provision of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), any fishery management plan under that Act, or any other Federal law, for each of the 2017 fishing season and 2018 fishing season—

(1) the red snapper fishing season for the recreational fishing sector in the Gulf of Mexico—

(A) shall be 62 consecutive days in duration; and

(B) shall begin on July 1;

(2) the allocation of red snapper, and the duration of the red snapper fishing season, for the commercial fishing sector in the Gulf of Mexico shall be the same as the allocation and duration, respectively, that applied to such sector for the 2016 fishing season;

(3) the allocation of red snapper, and the duration of the red snapper fishing season, for the charter fishing sector in the Gulf of Mexico may not be less than the allocation and duration that applied to such sector for the 2016 fishing season; and

(4) the red snapper catch limit and size limit for each such sector shall be no less than the catch limit and size limit, respectively, that applied to such sector for the 2016 fishing season.

(b) Proposed Rule.—The Secretary of Commerce shall issue a proposed rule to implement subsection (a) for the 2017 fishing season and 2018 fishing season, respectively.

About MikeH

Texas hunter and fisherman for 50 years, published outdoor writer since 1979, licensed charter boat operator from 1982 to 2013. Past Member, Board of Directors, National Association of Charterboat Operators, current member Environmental Advisory Committee to the DOE and the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Married to Dorothy since 2000, one son, Michael who is recently married and living in Nederland, Texas. My wife and I live in Oyster Creek, Texas, near Freeport, and have a hunting property outside of Brazoria, Texas.
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