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Sportsmen's Bill, Red Snapper Amendments Die in U.S. Senate

The U.S. Senate killed a Sportsmen's Bill that included amendments designed to give Louisiana officials more control over the state's red snapper season in federal waters. According to Politico, North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan's bill failed on a 56-41 procedural vote. Sixty "yay" votes would have been required to keep debate going.

Mary Landrieu Measure Seeks to Address Red Snapper Row

Update 4:30 p.m.

A wonder lasts but nine days, but that's not enough time for red snapper season, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and a Gulf Coast colleague argue. In an attempt to reel in the feds' authority over how long recreational anglers are permitted to fish for red snapper, Landrieu and U.S. Sen. Tom Wicker (R-Miss.) offered an amendment Wednesday that would give authority over red snapper stocks to the states.

Pols Reeling Over Shortened Red Snapper Season

In the midst of the pressure cooker of a U.S. Senate race, it's rare that political rivals agree on anything. But in Louisiana, red snapper fishing is having a rare unifying power for U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and U.S. Rep Bill Cassidy. Over the last two days, the opponents in the fall election have spoken out against the great injustice that looms with the potential of the shortest red snapper fishing season ever recorded in the Bayou State.

Sen. Landrieu's Act Protects Gulf's Red Snapper Anglers

After successfully sinking Senator McCain’s foreign catfish campaign, Senator Mary Landrieu aims to leave another piece of federal seafood regulation swimming with the fishes. Landrieu and her Republican colleague, Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi, introduced an act to keep management authority of the Gulf Coast’s red snapper within the region, rather than with the feds.

Seeing Red: Louisiana Sues Feds Over Red Snapper Season Squeeze

In the Sporstman's Paradise, seasons overlap constantly, with shrimp running into oysters and squirrel working to stay out of the shadow of quail. But in the eyes of the state, nine days does not a season make, especially when some of our favorite fish are involved. The state of Louisiana took the feds to court today over a recent move to limit the upcoming Gulf of Mexico red snapper season to a mere nine days.

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