We are thrilled to announce that as a result of tireless efforts led by BREEF, a closed season for the Nassau grouper will be enforced in the Bahamas again this year (December 1st, 2014 – February 28th, 2015) and annually going forward thanks to changes in legislation. During the closed season, grouper harvesting is prohibited throughout the winter spawning months. The Bahamian government has implemented closed seasons since 1998 following years of severe population declines due to over-harvesting and habitat destruction. However, permanent passage of the closed season has been a yearly battle until now. With an annual closed season in place, efforts can focus on maximizing effectiveness with adequate enforcement.
Last year, The Moore Bahamas Foundation, the Bahamas affiliate of Louis Bacon’s Moore Charitable Foundation convened a Nassau Grouper workshop with BREEF, BNT, Perry Institute of Marine Science, and renowned artist and marine scientist, Guy Harvey to discuss collaborative efforts to protect this important species.
The Nassau grouper’s importance to the Bahamas culturally, economically and ecologically cannot be overstated. We congratulate the efforts of BREEF and the Bahamian government for this bold step towards ensuring the viability of grouper fisheries in the Bahamas for the future.
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