The Nassau grouper (Epinephelus striatus) is now a critically-endangered species. Thatís according to a new report from the International Union for Conservation of Nature, IUCN. This means that populations, including spawning aggregations, have declined by more 80% over three generations (1980-2018), for Nassau grouper fish, which live approximately 16 years. Nassau grouper now face an extremely high risk of extinction.

The main threats, according to IUCN, are over-fishing due to heavy fishing on spawning aggregations; and loss of quality coral reef habitat.

Details of the IUCN Report are found here:

In Belize all these aggregation sites have undergone dramatic declines in fish abundance over the past two decades and despite some protective measures that have reduced fishing effort on these aggregations; recovery does not appear to be occurring.

WCS contributed to the IUCN assessment details of which are available at the link below: