The closure of the commercial grouper fishery in the South Atlantic this spring and a change in the grouper fishery management system in the Gulf of Mexico is likely to boost prices and imports of the species.

The National Marine Fisheries Service in July made South Atlantic shallow-water grouper fishing off-limits from January to April 2010. The same applies to vermilion snapper.

Additionally, NMFS will implement individual fishing quotas (IFQs) for the Gulf grouper and tilefish fisheries startin