Is grouper over-fished?



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    Yes. This grouper is almost gone from reefs that people have overfished.
    Groupers use a “lurk and lunge” plan for feeding on a variety of animals including small sharks and rays, young sea turtles, fish of all sizes, crabs and spiny lobsters. Since a large area of reef is required to support such a large predator, their populations are always relatively low, even in areas that are not regularly disturbed by people.

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    Yes. The demand for red-grouper especially is so great that the federal government has placed a quota on the number of grouper fish that can be caught. Small fishermen argue that the quota affects them disproportionately for the benefit of large fishing operations.

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    The term grouper includes a wide range of species. Among them are snowy grouper, nassau grouper, black grouper, red grouper, gag grouper, yellowtail grouper and others. Many of those species are on the do-not-buy lists of seafood that are published by various organizations for responsible consumers. A recent survey conducted by the WWF showed that 20 of 161 species of grouper, a reef fish that makes up a large part of the Coral Triangle’s live fish trade, were threatened with extinction. Nassau Grouper (Epinephelus striatus), valued as a food fish,
    but over-harvested — now classified as Endangered by the World Conservation Union (IUCN).

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