CCA Position on Amendment 17A to the SAFMC Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan
South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Meeting in Orlando, Florida
At this point, CCA does not support the adoption of any of the proposed bottom closures in Amendment 17A. We do not believe it is reasonable to support any of the alternatives currently before this Council until the results of the assessment currently underway have been released and are fully analyzed. CCA has long called for additional review of the science before making any additional management changes for this fishery, and we commend the Council and NOAA Fisheries for the decision to conduct another full, benchmark assessment for South Atlantic red snapper. Re-examining the entire assessment, from the data used to a new review panel, provides a public forum for all concerns to be openly addressed. We believe this further review is necessary before any final action is taken.