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Warsaw grouper (Photo: Stock File)

Pew satisfied with recent protection of fish species

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, January 04, 2011, 22:10 (GMT + 9)


Holly Binns, a project manager with the Pew Environment Group, issued the following statement in response to the Department of Commerce’s final approval of Amendment 17B - a plan to save nine dwindling fish species in the U.S. South Atlantic.

“This conservation plan is an important first step toward saving fish species in need of protection. Two of these species - warsaw grouper and speckled hind - are critically imperiled and it is urgent that we act now to save them," she stated.

"Warsaw grouper can weigh up to 400 pounds and grow to eight feet but their population has plummeted to just 6 per cent of healthy levels."

“This recovery plan is part of a larger effort to help end overfishing, which has taken a toll on many southeast species," she ellaborated.

"Coupled with the recently approved protections for the severely depleted red snapper, the plan is putting us on the right track toward a much healthier ocean ecosystem, robust fishing and recreational opportunities for the future,” Binns concluded.

Amendment 17B sets annual catch limits on nine species, including several grouper species, such as snowy, gag, red and black grouper.

It also closes an ocean area to fishing for six additional species in water deeper than 240 feet to protect the critically imperiled Warsaw grouper and speckled hind, which are frequently caught by accident in these depths when fishermen target other species.

This closure is east of the 40-fathom line, an area extending from 25 to 100 miles off the coast to 200 miles offshore from central North Carolina to south Florida.

All fishing for warsaw grouper and speckled hind is prohibited in all waters. In the deep-water area, fishing also is prohibited for snowy grouper, blueline tilefish, yellowedge grouper, misty grouper, queen snapper and silk snapper.

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