Testimony of Chad Hanson before the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, Aug. 2012

RE: Public Hearing Draft for Amendment 37 to the Reef Fish FMP (Gray Triggerfish Rebuilding Plan)

Good afternoon, Vice‐Chairman Boyd and members of the Council, and congratulations to the new and re‐appointed members. My name is Chad Hanson, with the Pew Environment Group. Thank you for the opportunity to address you this afternoon.

We urge the Council to move expeditiously to finalize Amendment 37 so that the gray triggerfish rebuilding plan can get back on track as soon as possible. We also encourage the Council to select preferred alternatives that have a high probability of achieving the recreational and commercial annual catch targets (ACT) to avoid exceeding the annual catch limits (ACL). This is critical to ensuring the population will recover within the 5‐year time frame laid out in the Amendment.