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Summary of Groupers monitoring on Saint-Martin

Started by the AGRNSM in 2019 as part of the Life BIODIV’OM, groupers follow-ups are carried out on 8 underwater stations and have been successfully completed. Counts are made along transects set up within stations. These transects are prospected in scuba diving by the agents of the National Natural Reserve of Saint-Martin who count the number of Nassau grouper and Atlantic Goliath grouper observed along these transects.

Reserve agents in full action for grouper monitoring in Saint-Martin © AGRNSM

These counts are carried out regularly and will be repeated within the framework of Life BIODIV’OM. The association confirms the sad fact of a very small presence of theses fishes on these stations and relies on the actions of Life BIODIV’OM in Saint-Martin to modify this observation and obtain better results in the next counts.

Life’s operations

As a reminder, in Saint-Martin, the actions of the Life BIODIV’OM program focus on two species of grouper, the Atlantic Goliath grouper and the Nassau grouper. These two species are mainly threatened by a lack of fishing regulation on the territories, the destruction of habitats such as coral reefs or climatic events.

To mitigate these threats, the AGRNSM conducts consultation workshops with professional fishermen and recreational boaters to learn more about fishing practices. It will also produce a good practice guide for boaters and set up a participatory network in order to collect as much data as possible from sea users, divers…

Finally, in 2019, the association started a larval recruitment protocol in the objective of strengthening knowledge of the species and has also succeeded in implementing a new decree prohibiting fishing for the Nassau grouper and the Atlantic goliath grouper on the island of Saint-Martin for recreational sea fishing.