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Bahamas Nassau Grouper fishery
Fishery  Fact Sheet
WECAFC Fishery Resources Report 2016
Bahamas Nassau Grouper fishery
Fact Sheet Citation  
Nassau Grouper fishery
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Overview: The Nassau grouper is the most important commercial fin fish species in the Bahamas. The species, however, has been overfished throughout the region and is considered an endangered species throughout its range.

Location of Bahamas Nassau Grouper fishery

Geographic reference:  Bahamas
Spatial Scale: National
Reference year: 2015
Approach: Fishing Activity

Fishing Activity
Fishing Gear: Dive compres...
Fishery Area: Bahamas

Harvested Resource
Target Species: Nassau grouper
Associated Species: Snappers nei; Grunts nei

Means of Production
Vessel Type: Fishing vessels not specified

Fishing Activity
Fishery Area
Bottom type: Coral reef.   Depth zone: Coastal - Shallow waters, inshore (0 m - 50 m).   Horizontal distribution: Neritic.  

Rocky bottoms and reefs

Geo References
Vessel Type
Fishing vessels not specified
Flag State
Fishing Gear
Dive compressors, free diving and fish traps (pots).  
Fisherfolks Community
Bahamas nationals
Post Harvest
Local consumption
Management unit: Yes

Jurisdictional framework
Management Body/Authority(ies): Department of Marine Resources
Area under national jurisdiction: Bahamas
Maritime Area: Exclusive Economic Zone Areas (EEZ).  
Management Regime
Management Methods

Fisheries Regulations

  • Fishing activity-related measures

    Closed season (1 December - 28 February)

Status and Trends
Stable trend, fully to over exploited
Source of Information
Department of Marine Resources, Bahamas. Personal communication, January 2016.  Click to open
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