Letter to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Regarding Federal Gulf Grouper Regulations

Gag has been determined by the latest stock assessment to be undergoing overfishing, or fished at an unsustainable rate. Indications from a recent stock assessment update point to a continuing downward trend in gag populations. The proposed regulations are designed primarily to protect gag from overfishing but also include provisions to increase fishing opportunities for red grouper in response to data that show this species is in better shape than in years past.