RELEASE: Palazzo Bill Would Expand State Control Over Fishery Waters

Biloxi, MS- Congressman Steven Palazzo (MS-4), recently introduced a bill to address concerns over shorter federal fishing seasons and expand state control over fishery waters.

“Overregulation and lack of data are the culprits behind unreasonably short fishing seasons,” Palazzo stated. “My goal is to remove bureaucratic barriers that stand in the way of fishermen and the millions of dollars in tourism they bring to Mississippi’s Gulf Coast. States like Mississippi need more freedom and control over the waters off their coasts in order to get a more accurate count of fish stock and more reasonable fishing seasons. Nine days is simply too short.”

Palazzo’s bill, H.R. 4737, would amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to grant States on the Gulf of Mexico jurisdiction over fisheries out to 9 nautical miles from shore.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Service announced in April that the 2014 Red Snapper season would last just 9 days. In December of last year, the same agency indicated that the season might be as long as the 2013 season, which lasted 40 days.