[Coral-List] Nassau Groupers need support

Sarah Frias-Torres 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]

> 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.
> http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?llr=hqxo4dcab&v=001OwqOR7yhbtV9odCRyUE40qRG9jzxL1iltY_ery1Viith6wTsM3JypVcBV7g0luD_myEp_0GXbWThWFl3_61LQhSvaIDib36FIKwhT2NF_W8%3D
> 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.
> http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/species/fish/nassaugrouper.htm.

Sarah Frias-Torres, Ph.D. Independent ScientistTwitter: @GrouperDocBlog: http://grouperluna.wordpress.comhttp://independent.academia.edu/SarahFriasTorres

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