Comments on the Proposed Rule for Amendment 24 to the Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan in the South Atlantic

On behalf of the Pew Environment Group, we are writing to support the immediate approval and timely implementation of Amendment 24 (Amendment) to the Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan in the South Atlantic. The Amendment affords critical protections to South Atlantic red grouper by implementing new requirements in the Magnuson Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and National Standard 1 Guidelines. This proactive approach is intended to finally end overfishing and rebuild depleted populations by setting reasonable catch limits and enforcing accountability measures in order to set the course for a healthy, balanced ocean ecosystem.