Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) issued the following statement after the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced red snapper season dates for 2020.
Congressman Byrne said: “As soon as I arrived in Washington, I brought the fight to federal bureaucrats keeping Alabama’s red snapper fishermen off the water through faulty data and a misguided fishery management approach. Today’s announced 35-day season represents a further step towards building a healthy fishery while allowing our fishermen access to this valuable resource. It is rewarding for all of us who fought for state control of our snapper fishery to see another full, flexible state-managed season, and I will keep fighting to protect and continue our progress.”
The 2020 red snapper season for private anglers will open Friday, May 22, and consist of four day weeks through Sunday, July 19, an estimated 35 days. Byrne was instrumental in the fight to secure state management of Alabama’s red snapper fishery.
Dates for federally-permitted for-hire vessels will be announced at a later date.