U.S. Department of Commerce Announces Extension of Federal Gulf Red Snapper Season

Yamaha Marine Group Applauds Efforts to Improve Recreational Fishing

KENNESAW, Ga.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Yamaha Marine Group applauds the U.S. Department of Commerce for its
decision to expand the 2017 private recreational fishing season for Gulf
of Mexico red snapper, and the many organizations and individuals who
have contributed to increasing access for recreational anglers.

The plan, which takes effect this weekend, will provide 39 additional
days of red snapper fishing in federal waters, and was the result of
negotiations between the Department of Commerce and the Gulf states to
improve recreational access after a record low three-day federal season
was implemented earlier in June.

“We would like to thank Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and
Congressmen Garret Graves (R-La.) and Austin Scott (R-Ga.) who
negotiated for this solution,” said Ben Speciale, President, Yamaha
Marine Group. “Their efforts were supported and encouraged by many
individuals and groups that raised awareness. These groups include the
members of the Center for Sportfishing Policy and the National Marine
Manufacturer’s Association®, as well as individual recreational anglers,
employees of boat companies and dealers who wrote letters and visited
government officials.”

The original 2017 recreational red snapper season in Gulf federal waters
was held June 1-3. The extended season will be 39 days total, consisting
of three-day weekends (Friday-Sunday) from Friday, June 16 through
Monday, September 4. Fishing will also be allowed on Monday and Tuesday,
July 3-4 and Monday, September 4. In exchange for these additional
fishing days, red snapper harvest will not be allowed in state or
federal waters on Monday through Thursday during the summer (with the
exception of holidays). Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas may have
additional fishing days in state waters in the fall depending on harvest
estimates from the summer season. Changes will only apply to private
recreational anglers.

“The snapper decision is a victory for boating and fishing, but it
affects one species in a single region. As an industry and community, we
need to increase our efforts; all future policy decisions should take
into account the economic impact of the recreational fishing and boating
sector,” said Speciale. “Next, we will work as a community to see that
the Modern Fish Act becomes law.”

The Modern Fish Act would amend the Magnuson-Stevens Act, taking into
account the needs of recreational anglers. The bill was introduced with
bipartisan support in the U.S. House of Representatives by Garret Graves
(R-La.), Gene Green (D-Texas), Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) and Rob Wittman

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Yamaha Marine Group
Martin Peters, 770-420-5829
Manager, Government Relations and Communications