NOAA Fisheries Service is launching a red grouper rebuilding plan. The initiative comes in response to a 2010 assessment by the Southeast Data, Assessment and Review (SEDAR) process. The assessment found red grouper to be overfished and undergoing overfishing.
Amendment 24 will include a variety of actions, including:
* Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) and Accountability Measures (AMs) for both the commercial and recreational sectors
* An Annual Catch Target for the recreational sector
* Elimination of aggregate ACLs and AMs for black grouper, gag and red grouper for both sectors
New regulations will become effective July 11, 2012
NOAA predicts that the plan has an 81% probability of rebuilding the stock in 10 years.
source: NOAA Fisheries Service