Comments on Science-Based Spawning Protections and Implementation of Accountability Measures

On March 3, 2012, Sera Drevenak and Holly Bins of the Pew Environment Group's South Atlantic Fish Conservation Campaign wrote to offer comments on the development of measures to protect Warsaw grouper and speckled hind in the South Atlantic region, and on the implementation of accountability measures for vermilion snapper. We urge the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) to ensure sufficient protection is given to Warsaw grouper and speckled hind through a combination of reductions in bycatch mortality and spawning protections that meet several criteria. We also urge the Council to address repeated overages of the commercial vermillion snapper catch limit by expanding the accountability measures to include an overage reduction and an annual catch target.