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Congressman Matt Gaetz

Representing the 1st District of Florida

Environment

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September 12, 2017 Video

“..Recently, there have been reports that the National Oceanic And Atmospheric (NOAA) fisheries headquarters located on Virginia Key in South Florida may move to another location. This amendment would prohibit that move. Such a move be devastating to the research relationships that the NOAA facility has with local universities, the local business community and the marine industries of South Florida..” #Amendment122

July 11, 2017 Page

115th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 1817

To prohibit the use of the poisons sodium fluoroacetate (known as “Compound 1080”) and sodium cyanide for predator control.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
March 30, 2017
Mr. DeFazio (for himself and Mr. Blumenauer) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL
To prohibit the use of the poisons sodium fluoroacetate (known as “Compound 1080”) and sodium cyanide for predator control.

June 14, 2017 Video

The new rule announced today will re-open the 2017 Federal recreational season for red snapper by the private angling component on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from June 16, 2017, through Labor Day, September 4, 2017. During this time, the season will be closed Monday through Thursday with the exception of July 3, July 4, and September 4. Correspondingly, the five Gulf States will bring their state red snapper water seasons into alignment with the Federal water season for the rest of the summer.

June 14, 2017 Press Release

 

The National Marine Fisheries Service has extended the federal Red Snapper season for 2017.  The season resumes this weekend, and will allow recreational red snapper fishing on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays until Labor Day.  The extended season will also include Monday, July 3, and Tuesday, July 4.  The change in policy is a result of calls from Congressman Matt Gaetz and others, who asked for the federal season to be extended.

June 13, 2017 Page
Letter to Dept. of Commerce Regarding Red Snapper Season Length
May 23, 2017 Page
115TH CONGRESS
1ST SESSION
H. R. 2560

To amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to encourage elimination of lionfish from United States waters by allowing individuals to exchange lionfish for tags authorizing fishing for certain species in addition to the number of such species otherwise authorized to be taken by such individuals, and for other purposes.
 
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 23, 2017 Page
115th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 2370
 
To authorize Escambia County, Florida, to convey certain property that was formerly part of Santa Rosa Island National Monument and that was conveyed to Escambia County subject to restrictions on use and reconveyance.
 
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 
May 4, 2017
Mr. Gaetz introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources
A BILL
May 23, 2017 Page
115th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 1456
 
 
To prohibit the sale of shark fins, and for other purposes.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
March 9, 2017
May 19, 2017 Press Release

 

Congressman Gaetz Proposes the
“Reef Assassin Act” Targeting Lionfish

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Matt Gaetz is taking aim at lionfish invading the waters along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts by introducing the Reef Assassin Act.

May 19, 2017 Video

Congressman Matt Gaetz is taking aim at lionfish invading the waters along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts by introducing the Reef Assassin Act.

The Reef Assassin Act amends the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to encourage the elimination of lionfish from our waters. It allows individuals to trade dead lionfish for tags authorizing fishing for coveted reef fish. This legislation will give fishers one tag in exchange for 100 lionfish tails.