[Coral-List] Nassau Groupers need support
sfrias_torres at hotmail.com
Tue Nov 20 11:14:23 EST 2012
Posting on behalf of the critically endangered Nassau groupers.See below
Please consider:1) signing the petition and sharing through your network2) participating in the NOAA-NMFS comment period
[Initial message provided by Dr. Yvonne Sadovy from Hong Kong University]
> NASSAU GROUPER NEED ATTENTION
> There are two ways in which you could support attempts to better
> protect the Nassau grouper - Bahamas petition for aggregation closure
> and US government consultation under Endangered Species Act.
> In both cases please act very soon.
> ONE: Add your name to a petition in the Bahamas to call for
> aggregation protection this season calling for the Nassau grouper
> closed season to take place between December 1st and February 28th.
> Since 2004 The Bahamas has been implementing country-wide closed
> seasons during the winter spawning months on a year to year basis.
> This has enabled this species of fish that is so important to
> fishermen, the public and our ocean to reproduce in peace. Protection
> during this critical spawning period will help ensure that we will
> have fish for the future for the benefit of current and future
> generations of Bahamians. Please voice your support for confirming
> this as an annual closed season.
> TWO: The US government is in the middle of a comment period after
> making a 90-day finding on a petition to list Nassau grouper
> (Epinephelus striatus) as threatened or endangered under the
> Endangered Species Act (ESA)? There is sufficient information to be
> concerned and to do a review of the status of this species to
> determine if the petitioned action is warranted. There is a
> consultation period ending December 10, 2012.
Sarah Frias-Torres, Ph.D. Independent ScientistTwitter: @GrouperDocBlog: http://grouperluna.wordpress.comhttp://independent.academia.edu/SarahFriasTorres
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