to Defend Extension of Federal Fishing Season
BATON ROUGE, LA – Recreational fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico received significant support this week, as Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry filed a motion to intervene on behalf of the State in the challenge of the National Martine Fisheries Service (NMFS) extending red snapper season from three days to 42 days.
“Louisiana has a constitutional duty to protect and conserve its natural resources – including red snapper – for the health, safety, and welfare of its residents,” argued Landry. “Prohibiting NMFS from extending the duration of federal fishing seasons will significantly impair Louisiana’s interests in its red snapper, tourism, economy, and tax revenues.”
In the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, the Ocean Conservancy and Environmental Defense Fund are suing U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Jr., the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the NMFS.
“These radical special interest organizations intent on destroying our recreational fishing are asking a federal court to essentially engage in continuing oversight of several federal and multiple state executive branch agencies,” continued Landry. “Fishery management should be reserved to the federal and state agencies statutorily responsible for, and knowledgeable regarding, such management and the fish and fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico.”
“I will continue to use my authority as the State’s chief legal officer to fight for Louisiana’s best interests,” concluded Landry. “From defending our First Amendment rights to protecting our fisheries, I will do all that I legally can to protect our way of life.”