These are the goals of the East Coast Fisheries Section:
that reflect accurate and current science.
and American consumers.
flexibility to the Magnuson Stevenson Act.
Red Snapper science. Note: This was accomplished in 2009 when the ECFS commissioned Dr. Frank Hester to review the SEDAR 15 Red Snapper Stock Assessment. Dr. Hester’s Report found SEDAR 15 to be severly flawed. Subsequently the NMFS produced another assessment (SEDAR 24) which had somewhat better results due to the involvement of the ECFS. This resulted in the NMFS announcing that the pending Large Area Closure, which would have prohibited all bottom fishing for 73 species in the Snapper-Grouper Complex would not be necessary as a long term measure to protect red snapper. The ECFS continues to be in the lead producing vital data in the first ever co-operative red snapper tagging program with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.