SAVING SEAFOOD ANALYSIS: Making Sense of Reference Points, Proxies, and F40%

The scientific basis for the current “reference points” used for  New England groundfish management has recently been questioned by  respected scientists, industry members, and elected officials. The  largest organization representinglogo groundfishermen in New England, and  the mayor of the nation’s most profitable seaport, have asked the New  England Fishery Management Council to reconsider the calculation and use  of the current reference points.
Because this issue is highly technical and development of the current  reference points are the result of a unique history, Saving Seafood has  undertaken this analysis to shed some light on the background behind  these requests for reconsideration. Read  the analysis