Volume 60

The Case for Regional Management of the Nassau grouper, Epinephelus striatus

García-Moliner, G. and Y. Sadovy.
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Date: November, 2007

Pages: 596-602

Event: Proceedings of the Sixtieth Annual Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute

City: Punta Cana

Country: Dominican Republic


The management of the Nassau grouper through the Caribbean will be discussed in light of the continuous decrease in the resource throughout the area. Management strategies throughout the wider Caribbean range from no action (allowing all harvest of Nassau grouper) to total closures of the fishery in some countries; with strategies including seasonal closures, size limits, bag limits, and area closures. The Nassau grouper fishery has shifted from being a major fishery in the Caribbean to an almost extinct fishery – both economically and population wise. These top predators are essential to the economic and ecological sustainability of reef based, multi species and multi gear fisheries so predominant in the wider Caribbean. A historical overview of the management changes in the region will be presented whenever possible

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