Nassau Grouper Research in The Bahamas

A recent article from The Tribune 242 (Click HERE) discusses how  Nassau grouper populations in The Bahamas are still under threat due to high levels of poaching on spawning aggregations despite a closed season that was established in 2004. A definite highlight in this article is how much effort The Bahamas is currently putting forth to reverse this situation, and bring Nassau grouper, an important top predator on coral reefs, back to sustainable population levels. Last year the government of The Bahamas created stricter legislation stating that by law from December 1st to February 28th “no person shall take, land, process, sell or offer for sale any fish commonly known as ‘the Nassau grouper’ during the closed season…” Further, The Bahamas National Trust (park service) is supporting a multi-year research study that umbrella’s a large effort and collaboration among international and local universities, research institutes, and NGOs. Enjoy!

By | 2017-12-01T14:01:55+00:00 April 11th, 2016|Categories: Endangered species, Fish, Overfishing, Regulations|Tags: , |0 Comments

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Enie Hensel
Broadly my interests lie in exploring the intertwining interactions between top-down and bottom-up mechanisms that have been anthropogenically impacted in coastal ecosystems. Currently, I am investigating how structure complexity and the presence of top predators affect patch reef fish communities in Abaco, The Bahamas.

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