Comments of Sera Drevenak before the Caribbean Fishery Management Council, Mar. 2009

In 2006, Congress mandated an end to overfishing in all US waters by 2010. We recognize that this is no easy task, and that the Caribbean Council faces particular challenges. We believe that all of the necessary data and structure is before you, however, and all that is necessary is the foresight and dedication of this body to conserve the public trust resource of our fisheries for generations to come. It is clear that delaying fisheries cuts only worsens the hardship on fishermen and local economies, and that short term economic losses cannot preclude a long-term sustainable fishery.