Almaco Jack and Banded Rudderfish removal from Jacks Complex

South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAFMC)
Snapper Grouper (SG) Advisory Panel (AP)

Wednesday April 02, 2014

Regards To: Almaco Jack and Banded Rudderfish removal from Jacks Complex

To: SAFMC SG AP,

The Southeastern Fisheries Association (SFA) East Coast Fisheries Section (ECFS) would like the SG AP to recommend to the SAFMC voting membership to remove the Almaco Jack and Banded Rudderfish from the Jacks Complex. Further, we would like to establish individual annual catch limits (ACLs) for each species. When possible the SAFMC should seek updated scientific stock assessments for each one of these fish stocks.

Discussion with management indicates that a full amendment will be needed in order to accomplish these changes. If the SAFMC begins this work during the June 2014 meeting in Florida, then the full amendment could become effective by 2016.

Thank you for considering this request.

Jimmy Hull,  Chairman SFA ECFS

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