Nassau Grouper spawning aggregations to be protected

Nassau Grouper protection in Caribbean

SCRFA is pleased to announce that the Western Central
Atlantic Fishery Commission (WECAFC) takes management measures to conserve
Nassau Grouper

31 March 2014, Bridgetown
The Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission (WECAFC), a body
of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), convened in
Port- of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, 26-28 March 2014 for its 15th
biennial session. 

The Commission expressed concern about the serious decline or disappearance in
the last two decades of many of the spawning aggregations of grouper and
snapper in the Caribbean. It recognized that immediate action is required to
stop further reduction in spawning areas and depletion of these important
stocks.  The Commission therefore recommended a regional seasonal closure
for all commercial and recreational fishing activities of Nassau Grouper (Epinephelus striatus)
in identified spawning areas for the period 1 December – 31 March, starting in
December 2014.

WECAFC is a regional fishery advisory body with thirty-three countries and the
European Union as members. The Commission members have an interest to cooperate
in responsible fisheries management and development in the Wider Caribbean
Region. More information about WECAFC can be found at: http://www.fao.org/fishery/rfb/wecafc/en

"Science and
Conservation of Fish Aggregations (SCRFA) has been involved in discussions and
review of the worsening status of the Nassau grouper, so it is great to see
this process moving ahead for such an iconic species
" say
SCRFA Executive Director, Dr Yvonne Sadovy de Mitcheson.