SCRFA - an international marine science & conservation NGO 501(c)(3)

We are based in the USA and operate globally providing science and management information on marine fish aggregations

Our Board of Directors work in international committees, meetings and workshops to promote responsible stewardship of fish aggregations

We provide advice and information to help with researching and managing fish aggregations globally. With recent projects in Fiji, Palau and Caribbean



New Publication on Fish Aggregations

A new paper on fish spawning aggregations has been published in Fish and Fisheries:

Fish spawning aggregations: where well-placed management actions can yield big benefits for fisheries and conservation


New Film on Fish Aggregations


Natural Numbers Ep 05 (released 17 September 2015)

Spawning Aggregation (English)

Agregaciones de Desove (ESPAÑOL)

Grouper gets Protection in Bahamas

The iconic and over fished Nassau Grouper has just received annual protection during its spawning season in the Bahamas.

This is a huge step forward in Nassau Grouper management. Nassau Grouper in the Bahamas will be protected when they aggregate to spawn from 1 December to 28 February each year. The Bahamas Department of Marine Resources views the establishment of a closed season to protect Nassau Grouper while they are spawning as one of the management measures that are necessary for having a sustainable commercial fishery for the Nassau Grouper in the Bahamas well into the future. This spawning season closure has been a result of concerted efforts by many over years. SCRFA commends this action, and we look forward to continued research and cooperation with fishers, researchers and NGOs to help sustain this iconic marine species that is so important to the Bahamas and the Caribbean. 

Nassau grouper Belize seapics


Why are fish aggregations important?   

  Like birds, many marine fish form aggregations to breed or feed

  Spawning aggregations are the only time most marine fish breed the next generation of fish

  Badly managed fishing on aggregations can quickly deplete fish stocks, making our oceans less healthy and affecting the livelihoods of those who depend on the fish 

  We recently published a "Status Report" with the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) that shows the latest info:

Status Report - World's Fish Aggregations 2014

Status Report Front Cover


 Student Award  

Each year SCRFA awards a student working on fish aggregations in the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean or east Pacific Ocean to attend a Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute (GCFI) meeting.

Chris Biggs GCFI 2015 Student Award-1

 Chris Biggs (2015 award winner) & Martin Russell (Chair), Yvonne Sadovy (Executive Director) at the GCFI meeting in Panama November 2015


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