Comments Regarding the Caribbean Fishery Management Council's Comprehensive Annual Catch Limit Amendment

On behalf of the Pew Environment Group we would like to offer our support for the passage of the Comprehensive ACL Amendment as well as recommendations for the future implementation of the Amendment. The Magnuson Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) was amended in 2007 in part to close loopholes in the law that had allowed overfishing to continue on many species throughout the United States. The Amendment should help prevent overfishing by setting cautious limits before some fish populations potentially plummet to critically low levels. This strategy should also avert tougher, more painful restrictions in the future by managing fish populations wisely now, and it will allow the Council to better judge when species are declining so you can take action before the situation reaches a crisis point.