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H.R. 1382: GOFISH Act

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The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Mar 7, 2017.


Give Our Fishermen Immediate Snapper Help Act or the GOFISH Act

This bill establishes requirements and restrictions for the 2017 and 2018 red snapper fishing seasons in the Gulf of Mexico.

The recreational season shall begin on July 1 of each year and last for 62 consecutive days.The bill also sets forth red snapper allocation and season duration requirements for the commercial and charter fishing sectors.

The catch and size limits for all three sectors shall be no less than the limits that applied to each sector for the 2016 fishing season.

Additionally, the National Marine Fisheries Service shall issue a proposed rule for the 2017 and 2018 red snapper fishing seasons.