You are right, the current regs are unacceptable.
You may want to note that NMFS is seeking comments on the newest DEIS:http://www.commercial-fishing.org/commercial-fishing-regulations/noaa-requests-comments-on-a-deis-for-south-atlantic-snapper-grouper-amendment-17a-a1000.html
We are seeing a lot of media attention on this issue. Also some lawmakers from southern states are calling for changes to current NMFS policies.
If you read the DEIS article, you can see that the regional councils are forced by the Magnuson Act to implement several senseless strategies, not just on snapper-grouper but on every fishery.
A lot of people feel that the only way to turn the tide of these senseless regs is to amend the Magnuson Act as soon as possible. If there is a good aspect to this, it is that this collection of horrific regs of the last 18 months has brought together a lot of groups.
A lot of people across the country believe that fishing can still be saved, but it will take a strong effort by the commercial fishermen, recreational anglers, charter boat operators and equipment makers to come together and fight.
I will try to dig up some more articles about the snapper-grouper crisis and post links to them shortly.