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dc.contributor.advisor Campbell, Lisa
dc.contributor.author Miller, Kerri Lynn
dc.date.accessioned 2007-06-26T19:56:47Z
dc.date.available 2007-06-26T19:56:47Z
dc.date.issued 2007-05
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10161/317
dc.description.abstract With the continued depletion of the nation’s fish stocks, this paper investigates fisheries management through the case study of the gag grouper in the South Atlantic. In accordance with the Magnuson Stevens Fishery Management Act, the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council has the responsibility to design regulations to prevent the gag grouper stock from becoming overfished. The 2006 summer Southeast Data, Assessment, and Review (SEDAR) analysis suggested the SAFMC wasn’t adhering to their responsibility, allowing the gag to become potentially overfished. Given the management challenges of a data poor environment, complicated species biology, and a multispecies complex, the gag grouper case illustrates the problems associated with fishery management. A list of potential management options was compiled from a literature review of fishery management practices focusing on case studies of successful multispecies fisheries in similar situations. An analysis of the fishery highlighted three themes necessary for the sustainability of the gag grouper stock: better information on the status of the stock, a reduction in fishing mortality and bycatch, and protection of the spawning aggregations. Based on the literature review, personal communications, and the logistics of the gag grouper fishery, recommendations were devised and presented to the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council. The reauthorization of the Magnuson Act in January 2007 will hopefully provide the necessary impetus for the SAFMC to take actions to save the shallow water gag grouper in the South Atlantic. en
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dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.subject Gag grouper (Mycteroperca microlepis) en
dc.subject South Atlantic en
dc.subject Magnuson-Steven Fisheries Conservation and Management Act (MSFCMA) en
dc.subject South Atlantic Fishery Management Council en
dc.subject Fisheries en
dc.subject Management en
dc.title SAVING THE SHALLOW WATER GAG GROUPER IN THE SOUTH ATLANTIC: AN INVESTIGATION OF FISHERY MANAGMENT en
dc.type Masters' Project
dc.department Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences

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