Protecting threatened Over-seas biodiversity

Surveys to learn more about Goliath grouper fishing!

 Since October, the GEPOG and the Fishing Committee in Guyana have been conducting surveys of professional and recreational fishermen to learn more about their practices.

Interview between the local coordinator and a recreational fisherman © Delphine MORIN / LPO

An endangered species

Overfished in the 1970s, the species is only found in the western part of its range. It is estimated that the loss of their workforce represents 80% of the world’s population.

Towards sustainable and concerted management

In order to achieve a sustainable change in fishing practices on the Goliath grouper in Guyana, GEPOG conducts interviews and questionnaires to learn more about the current state of fishing on this species. It is also an opportunity to raise awareness and involve them through consultation meetings and working groups.

Thursday, November 7, during a mission on the Islands of Salvation, important place for the Goliath grouper fishing in Guyana, the local coordinator also spoke with two fishermen boaters.

The actions of GEPOG

The GEPOG will notably try to extend the prefectural decree concerning the catches authorized by the recreational fishing at sea so that it also applies to the estuaries and rivers areas in French Guiana.
GEPOG will also publish a guide to good practices for recreational fishermen.