A recent post on the Shedd Aquarium website regarding Nassau Grouper spawning
aggregations. These are truly spectacular events (here is one You Tube video). I was
fortunate enough to dive on one of the aggregations off of Andros in 1999, and it was
one of the most impressive things I have seen. Grouper return to the exact
same places, year after year, on winter full moons, to spawn in these large groups. It
remains a mystery why these particular sites are chosen.
The Bahamas should be commended for their repeated seasonal closures of the
Nassau Grouper fishery. An absolutely necessary step in maintaining the long term
viability of the Nassau Grouper fishery in The Bahamas.