Opinion: States can regulate fisheries

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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