By admin ~ July 1st, 2013. Filed under: Gulf Coast-West.
When the National Marine Fisheries Service announced a shorter season for Texas, Louisiana and Florida because those Gulf states have set more liberal red snapper seasons and bag limits than those in federal waters, many of us wondered what the state of Texas, at least, would do about it. Recently it was announced that Texas and Louisiana intend to file suit in federal court. A ruling may have occurred before this column went to print. There is also a bill before Congress to allow the Gulf states to exercise fisheries management in the federally-controlled waters off their coasts, which most “in the business” have advocated for some time.