Published: June 14, 2012
In response to a 2010 stock assessment, NOAA Fisheries Service has implemented a rebuilding plan for red grouper.
A 2010 assessment by the Southeast Data, Assessment and Review (SEDAR) process determined red grouper to be overfished and undergoing overfishing.
Actions in Amendment 24 include, among others:
* 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
NOAA predicts that the plan has an 81% probability of rebuilding the stock in 10 years.
source: NOAA Fisheries Service