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

Forty years of overfishing drove the red snapper population to dangerously low levels.  Even more alarming is that very few of those fish are older than 5 years of age. This fact was reinforced by last summer's analysis of otoliths gathered in cooperation with fishermen in the region, and is indicative of a severely depleted population.

While there may be cause for optimism about the results of SEDAR 24, it will not have undergone the critical peer review process in time to maintain protections for red snapper. That is why it is important to take final action at this meeting.