Letter to the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Regarding Red Grouper, Feb. 2011

The Pew Environment Group is concerned that red grouper has been undergoing overfishing and overfished for 20 years and that the rebuilding plan implanted in 1991 failed to rebuild the stock by the target date of 2006. The current draft of the Amendment resets the clock on this failed rebuilding plan, which may not be sufficient to meet the National Standard 1Guidelines (NS1) for species with failed rebuilding plans.