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Reassessment of Groupers is done so what’s next for them?

Reassessment of Groupers is done so what's next for them?

João Pedro Barreiros (IBBC - cE3c/GBA)

Groupers are a highly prized and coveted group of marine fishes (Epinephelidae) that occur throughout the World mostly in temperate to tropical waters and from the surface to depths well below 400m. Most are protogynous hermaphrodites with long generation intervals and, albeit solitary, do depend on spawning aggregations to efficiently produce enough offspring. As they are heavily targeted by a vast number of local, traditional, and industrial fisheries and sold at very high prices namely in parts of Europe and mostly in Asia, several populations are on the brink of depletion while most occur outside of the limited number of Marine Protected Areas that are, more often than not, localized over soft bottoms instead of the grouper's more suitable reefs.

Here, we discuss the results from the last reassessment of this important family of marine fish that were published in the IUCN's Red List in 2018 and recently in a science journal that is relevant for conservation purposes and to management purposes.

Thursday, December 10, 2020, at 12h00-13h00 (Lisbon, Portugal time)

ONLINE, on our YouTube channel, here: https://youtu.be/ZZNjCyW7akw