Letter to the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Regarding Amendment 17A to the Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan, Feb. 2010

As you and the Council consider long-term measures to protect and rebuild red snapper, we appreciate the serious challenges you face as you wrestle with how best to manage this difficult situation. The Council made the hard but necessary decision to request an interim rule last March to protect red snapper while these management measures are being developed. We urge the Council to request a renewal of the interim rule at this meeting as final action is not scheduled until after the interim rule would otherwise expire.