Testimony of Holly Binns before the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, Mar. 2010

It is important for the interim rule to be renewed and for the Council to stay on track for final action at your meeting in June to ensure that the directed fishery does not re-open before Amendment 17A is finalized, which is a concern many on the Council have expressed as well.

However, given that the Council now expects to have new information on the status of red snapper as early as December, we are interested in proposals for how the Council could structure Amendment 17-A so that adjustments to the bottom fishing closure could be made based on the benchmark assessment results, and before they are implemented on the water.