As most of the commercial and recreational anglers in Louisiana are well aware, the federal government is attempting to regulate how we fish in the Gulf.
The latest attempt is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association limiting Louisiana's red snapper fishing season to 24 days.
To address this, I, along with Sen. David Vitter, recently introduced H.R. 1430, the Offshore Fairness Act of 2013.
This legislation will give states in the Gulf of Mexico and the south Atlantic the option to expand their offshore jurisdiction up to 10 miles off the coastline, thus giving them greater control over managing their own fisheries.
It will also expand the boundary of the submerged land of the Outer Continental Shelf to 10 miles.
Currently, most states have jurisdiction up to 3 miles off of their respective coasts.
This territorial extension will be available for the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.
Texas and the eastern coast of Florida already have jurisdiction to manage fisheries up to 10 miles.
This bill gives all coastal states the same authority in managing their territorial waters.
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National Fisherman Live: 12/16/14
In this episode, Bruce Buls, WorkBoat's technical editor, interviews Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge, who survived for 12 hours after falling overboard in the dead of night. Aldridge was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 19-21 in Seattle.
NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.