Letter to the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Regarding Comprehensive Annual Catch Limit Amendment, Dec. 2010

There have been several substantive improvements to the document since the last public version and we thank Council staff for putting a great deal of thought into this blueprint for fisheries management. We feel strongly that the technical guidance issued by NOAA Fisheries in National Standard 1 can be a guiding document towards sustainable fisheries for the future. One of the notable additions to the document is the inclusion of the allowable biological catch control rule developed by the SSC and the Council as one of several alternatives for setting ABC, and several annual catch limit and annual catch target control rules.