09/07/2010 - he Caribbean Fishery Management Council voted and approved a plan for Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands fishery conservation Tuesday, setting the final groundwork for enacting new data collecting rules and fishing limits on 35 species, ranging from queen conch to parrotfish.
The rules, which still need final approval from the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, could reduce catches by 15 percent, depending on the species. They are designed to ensure fishermen are not catching fish faster than they can reproduce.
The Pew Environment Group, a national environmental think tank within the nonprofit Pew Charitable Trusts, and the V.I. Conservation Society offered qualified praise for the plan in a joint statement Tuesday.
"This plan is an important first step toward sustainable fishing, protecting coral reefs and allowing species to rebound," said Holly Binns, manager of the Pew Environment Group’s Campaign to End Overfishing in the Southeast. "(B)ut we are disappointed that parts of the plan were weakened," she said.
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