Letter to the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Regarding Amendment 17 to the South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper Fishery Management Plan

Overfishing is damaging to both the natural resources of the South Atlantic region, and to the long-term viability of our fishing industry and fishing communities. The Council's actions in the next two years can end the chronic overfishing and low yields of our region's valuable fisheries.

The single most important step the Council can take to ensure Amendment 17 ends chronic overfishing is to incorporate the overfishing limit and allowable biological catch numbers that we anticipate the Science and Statistical Committee will recommend at the Council meeting in June