Senator Bill Cassidy was first elected to represent Louisiana in the U.S. Senate in 2014. Prior to his election to the Senate, he served Louisiana’s 6th District in the U.S. House of Representatives for three terms. In the 114th Congress, Sen. Cassidy serves on the Appropriations Committee, Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, Veterans’ Affairs Committee, and the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, chairing the Subcommittee on National Parks. Shortly after being elected in 2008, he joined the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) to unite with fellow Members to promote and support pro-sportsmen’s legislation at the U.S. Capitol.
Born and raised in Baton Rouge, LA, Sen. Cassidy grew up in the heart of the state nicknamed the “Sportsman’s Paradise,” enjoying the state’s abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities. Since being sworn into office, he has worked to promote and advance legislation to enhance access and opportunity for Louisiana’s over 904,000 hunters and anglers. In 2015, Sen. Cassidy, working closely with fellow CSC Member Sen. David Vitter (LA), introduced the Red Snapper Management Improvement Act (S. 105). If passed, this legislation would grant the Gulf States regional management authority of the red snapper fishery in the Gulf of Mexico upon their joint agreement on a management plan, creating more opportunities for recreational anglers to pursue red snapper.
“The red snapper fishery is healthier than ever, providing no rationale for a shortened season,” said Sen. Cassidy. “This impacts fishermen and families enjoying the Gulf. Another reason why we must keep pushing for more state and local control over our waters.”
As a sportsman and lifelong Louisianan, Sen. Cassidy understands the important role that hunters and anglers play as conservation leaders and economic drivers for the state. Annually, sportsmen and women in Louisiana spend more than $1.6 billion, supporting 23,345 jobs across the state.
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Which of these considered changes do you believe would have the most positive impact on management of the recreational red snapper fishery in the Gulf of Mexico?Vote Here
- Granting full management authority (stock assessments, management of both commercial and recreational sectors, etc.) to the five Gulf states. (33.33%)
- Extending the states’ current 9-mile management jurisdictions to 25 miles. (19.05%)
- Permanently allow each state to manage its recreational sector allocation out to 200 nautical miles. (19.05%)
- Use of more appropriate management models, such as rate of harvest, rather than the commercial hard-poundage quota system currently in place. (23.81%)
- Inclusion of additional, non-federal data in stock assessments. (4.76%)