AP | SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO | Posted on August 30, 2011 – 6:43 pm
An advisory panel approved new fishing limits for waters around Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands, which aims to protect more than 100 especies. El plan received unanimous support from the Caribbean Council of Fisheries Management, a regional body for the two U.S. territories. The regulations still require approval from the Department of Commerce United States to enter into force.
The Pew Environment Group said that the plan will help restore a balanced ecosystem and prevent overfishing of lobster, reef angelfish and other species.
Pew’s statement said Tuesday that newly approved fishing limits may be adjusted as conditions change.