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Sep 8, 2006

Overfishing has reduced red snapper populations to less than 3 percent of their historic levels. This is a serious threat to the long-term health of the Gulf of Mexico. It's bad for the marine ecosystem, fishermen, and the coastal economies that depend on sustainable fishing.

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has repeatedly delayed taking action. This is part of a pattern of mismanagement that has gone on for over a decade, and has resulted in the depletion of red snapper. The Council has once again ignored the advice of its scientists and public testimony supporting improved stewardship.

President Bush's Commission on Ocean Policy recently identified overfishing as one of the greatest threats to our oceans and stressed that we must end this destructive practice in order to have healthy oceans for the future.

Overfishing must be ended. Where the Gulf Fisheries Council has failed the Dept. of Commerce must act. Urge the Secretary of Commerce to act now to stop the chronic overfishing of severely depleted red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico before the start of the fishing season in 2007.

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