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March 07, 2006

Goliath Grouper Removed from Species of Concern List

NOAA Fisheries Service has removed goliath grouper (formerly known as jewfish) from the species of concern list...

NOAA Fisheries Service has removed goliath grouper (formerly known as jewfish) from the species of concern list because a recent status report showed a significant increase in abundance to the U.S. population segment. The report also indicated that this species is re-establishing throughout its historical range. These positive enhancements are the results of protective management measures established over a decade ago by state and federal agencies. Although this is encouraging news, the stock is still considered to be overfished under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, and recreational and commercial harvest remains prohibited.

More information about this decision is available online.