Letter to the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Regarding the Comprehensive Annual Catch Limit Amendment

The proactive approach outlined in the Amendment is intended to prevent overfishing by setting cautious limits to keep fish populations from plummeting to critically low levels, and set the course for a healthy, balanced ocean ecosystem. It should also help address some potential consequences of the red snapper fishing moratorium and additional protections approved in 2010 for other dwindling species. Without those species to target year-round, anglers will likely shift their focus to other fish, which could lead to unhealthy population declines. Adopting this comprehensive plan will allow the Council to take a big-picture look at fish and fishing, get ahead of the curve and hopefully avert tougher, more painful restrictions in the future by managing fish populations wisely now.