Letter to the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Regarding Amendment 17B to the South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper Fishery Management Plan, Nov. 2009

The South Atlantic region currently has ten species undergoing overfishing, more than any other region in the country. Nine of those ten species are subject to chronic overfishing (i.e. have been undergoingoverfishing for 10 years or more. Amendment 17B includes two species, Warsaw grouper and speckled hind, which are considered critically endangered by the respected International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Snowy grouper is also considered to be vulnerable to extinctionby the IUCN, and all three of these species have 10% or less of a reproductive population remaining.