Groups call for end to overfishing in Gulf

A diverse group of organizations will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 10 in Mobile “to demand new regulations to end overfishing in the Gulf. The coalition, comprised of over 50 member groups from the Gulf region, has formed to call for a drastic improvement in the management of our natural resources. The Gulf has long been a victim of poor fishery management and ineffective rules. Next month, the federal government will release draft regulations that will impact the next ten years of fishing practices and fishery management.”

“If we do the job right, in the next few years there won’t be a long list of fish that are in jeopardy. We’ll have rebuilt our depleted fish populations for fishermen and animals that live in the Gulf like dolphins and sea turtles. We’ll have restored a necessary balance to our Gulf,” said Emily Stone from U.S. PIRG in Mobile.

NOAA will hold a public comment meeting on the matter of overfishing in the Gulf on October 29, 2007 in Biloxi, MS.

For more information, contact Emily Stone, (617) 990-7430,
estone@greencorps.org. Also, check out www.oceanlegacy.org for additional information.

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