Letter to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council Regarding the Generic ACL and AM Amendment

The Gulf oil spill is still unfolding and will continue to be a major focus for NOAA Fisheries and the Gulf Council. The future for fishermen and fisheries in the region is now even more uncertain than when the Council began developing this options paper. While we must immediately act to aid fishermen and communities, and to develop plans to restore damaged ecosystems, this tragedy also underscores the need to secure the longterm health of our fish populations so they can withstand unexpected, damaging events.