Letter to the Caribbean Fishery Management Council Regarding Annual Catch Limits and Accountability Measures

The Pew Environment Group's comments and recommendations focus on the following key issues:

  • The Amendment should clearly describe whether the 25% reduction from the overfishing limit to the Acceptable Biological Catch and the Annual Catch Limit is intended to account for both scientific and management uncertainty, and provide a rationale for the use of this estimate.
  • All parrotfish deserve special protections due their ecological importance and unique biology.
  • Accountability measures (AMs) and the circumstances that would trigger the implementation of accountability measures need to be more detailed.