Nassau grouper recognized under the Endangered Species Act

The U.S. now recognizes Nassau grouper as a Threatened Species under the Endangered Species Act. Nassau grouper have been heavily harvested throughout its native range and many efforts are being placed to recover their populations (see here and here ). Along the Florida coastline they are considered to be commercially extinct, meaning their abundance is too low to harvest. This is a great recognition not only for grouper, but for all marine species as the Endangered Species Act currently protects only 139 marine species out of the 2,258 listed.  Click here and here to read the story on how Nassau grouper became listed.

By | 2016-06-30T16:20:14-05:00 June 30th, 2016|Categories: Endangered species, Enforcement|Tags: , |Comments Off on Nassau grouper recognized under the Endangered Species Act

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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.