Comments on Generic Annual Catch Limits and Accountability Measures Amendment

On November 18, 2011, Chad Hanson and Holly Binns of the Pew Environment Group's Gulf of Mexico Fish Conservation Campaign offered their comments on the Generic Annual Catch Limits / Accountability Measures Amendment recently approved by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council. The Amendment is intended to establish a system of annual catch limits (ACLs) and accountability measures (AMs) for species managed in the reef fish, red drum, shrimp, and coral fishery management plans (FMP) in compliance with the Magnuson Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) and National Standard 1 (NS1) guidelines.

While supportive of the Amendment in general, Hanson and Bins are concerned with the removal of species from the fishery management plan based on very little scientific analysis and therefore urge disapproval for that specific element of the Amendment only - Action 2.