AUSTIN, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — The Texas and Louisiana Attorney General's have filed a legal challenge in regards to a federal rule that would shorten the red snapper fishing season.
The states' lawsuit mentions how the federal National Marine Fisheries Service is attempting to use its emergency authority to single out both state rules for fishing in the Gulf of Mexico which do not mirror the rules for the federal season.
According to the states' filing, the emergency rule is not based on scientific justification, but an attempt by the federal government's will on states when federal bureaucrats disagree with state regulations.
Prior to the federal ruling, the red snapper fishing season was between 22 and 27 days, but with the federal emergency ruling those days could be reduce to 12 to 0 days.
Attorney General Abbott stated, “It is unacceptable that the federal government would abuse its power and claim an emergency exists simply to punish states like Texas and Louisiana because they have rules governing red snapper fishing in state waters that federal officials disagree with. The federal government’s actions amount to a blatant attempt to force Texas and Louisiana to surrender their own regulatory authority and conform to federal regulations. Texas will not acquiesce."
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