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Nassau Grouper Season Closure

Why is There a Nassau Grouper Closed Season?

After decades of advocating by conservation organizations and scientists, the government of The Bahamas legislated a closed season for Nassau grouper in 2015: December 1 – February 28!

 Why a Closed Nassau Grouper Season?

Nassau grouper not only supports an economically important fishery, they also play an important role on our Bahamian coral reefs. Over the past three decades, scientists have noticed a 60% population decline. Grouper face many threats that have contributed to their decline. One of the major threats is the unsustainable harvesting of groupers at spawning aggregations, a time when they are most vulnerable.

Learn More

Learn more about what you can do to help protect Nassau grouper and stay updated with ongoing research, access the informational brochure below, created by Seakeepers with input from Krista Sherman – PhD student, Dr. Craig Dahlgren – Marine Scientist, Bahamas National Trust, and the Department of Marine Resources.

Nassau Grouper Closed Season Brochure

Photo credit: Chuck Knapp – Shedd Aquarium

Meet Our Blogger - Vanessa Haley-Benjamin

Perry Institute for Marine Science

Vanessa Haley-Benjamin is a marine biologist whose professional career is focused on protecting the Bahamian environment through cutting edge research, natural resource management and more recently environmental policy and advocacy. Mrs. Haley-Benjamin received her Bachelor’s of Science in Marine Biology from The College of Charleston and her Masters of Science in Biological Sciences from Florida International University. She is a lecturer at the University of The Bahamas and currently a PhD candidate with research interest in developing effective climate change adaptation strategies for small island nations.