I just received the SAFMC update. It's almost all bad news except for possibly golden tilefish. I quote "the stock is NOT overfished or undergoing over fishing and the stock biomass has increased since the last assessment in
2004". Now that's certainly good news!
I again quote "The new assessment will allow for a substantial increase in the Annual Catch Limit for Golden Tilefish. The council MAY adjust the ACL through Regulatory Ammendment 12 to the Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan after receiving public comment on the proposal increases in March".
If the two quotes seem confusing it's because they are. The first says that the new assessment WILL allow for a substantail increase in the Annual Catch Limit while the second quote says the council MAY adjust the ACL. WTF??? Harry