Letter to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council Regarding Gag Grouper, Oct. 2009

The updated stock assessment shows that gag grouper is experiencing both overfishing and is already dangerously overfished. Allowing continued overfishing on such a depleted population while a rebuilding plan is developed risks further depleting the already troubled gag population.  If the Council pursues that course of action, catch levels established in a rebuilding plan implemented two years from now may need to be even more restrictive than currently projected.