Comments on Amendment 24 to the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council's Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan

On November 10, 2011, Sera Drevenak and Holly Binns of the Pew Environment Group's Gulf of Mexico Fish Conservation Campaign offered comments on the public hearing draft of Amendment 24 to the snapper grouper FMP. This amendment will implement annual catch limits (ACL) and accountability measures (AM) for red grouper as well as rebuild the population. Red grouper has been overfished and undergoing overfishing since at least 19761 (see figures 1 and 2 below).