13 Aug '11, 1pm

NRDC Helps Win Protections for Vulnerable South Atlantic Fish Populations

Last week, I reported that the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAFMC) was on the verge of removing more than three dozen fish species from protective management. Ironically, this short-sighted proposal was in response to a Congressional mandate to set science-based catch limits that would finally put an end to overfishing in U.S. waters . Removing species would have achieved the exact opposite effect. Fortunately, after a full-court press by NRDC, reason has prevailed upon the SAFMC, which voted yesterday to retain most of these fish species within federal management and to adopt new annual catch limits and accountability measures to ensure they are not subjected to overfishing in the future. Our legal advocacy convinced a majority of SAFMC members that removing regulatory protections for these vulnerable populations could jeopardize the sustainability of the fi...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/dnewman/fishery_manager...

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