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This article focuses on the long distance spawning migrations of Nassau grouper in The Bahamas.
Integrating population biology into conservation management for endangered Nassau grouper Epinephelus striatus
Groupers are a phylogenetically diverse group and include many ecologically and economically valuable predatory marine fishes that have experienced drastic population declines. Reproduction via spawning aggregations increases the vulnerability of grouper species such as Nassau grouper Epinephelus striatus to overfishing, and this is likely to be a major contributing factor to population declines.