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GEPOG highlights the emblematic species of Guyana

Friday, March 13, GEPOG organized a conference at the association’s office to present the emblematic species of Guyana and focus on the Atlantic Goliath grouper, a globally threatened species present in the waters of Guyana.

Atlantic Goliath grouper © Wolfgang POLZER

Emblematic fishes
Guyana is home to a particularly diverse coastal and marine fauna because of its nutrient-rich waters, but also thanks to its well-preserved mangrove which plays a role of feeding site and nursery for many species.

Several species have been presented to the public: the Atlantic Goliath grouper and the Atlantic tarpon which are highly valued by sport fishing, but also the taxonomic group of rays and sharks including the whale shark, the manta ray or again the Silky Shark. Finally, IFREMER was represented by Yann Rousseau, ichthyologist, who presented all the complexity of studying fish larvae as well as the diversity of species observed in estuaries and around mangroves. Despite the many hours spent collecting and identifying larvae, Yann Rousseau has never observed a Atlantic goliath grouper larva.

Focus on the Atlantic goliath grouper
As this evening was part of the Life BIODIV’OM project, a presentation was made on the Atlantic goliath grouper and the actions taken to study and preserve it. It was also an opportunity to highlight several communication tools including the presentation brochure of the project, the awareness video about the Atlantic goliath grouper as well as the traveling exhibition.
Nearly thirty people were present including members of the association, visitors, state services, but also fishermen and fishing associations. The presentation then gave way to a question and answer period with the audience.

The participants were particularly interested in the life cycle of the Atlantic goliath grouper, in particular on its development in mangroves, its migration to wider habitats and its reproduction. This time of discussion also made it possible to approach local regulations, whether on the definition of its terms or its application.
GEPOG has also promoted the application of a collaborative approach within the framework of initiatives aimed at the management of marine resources, as is the case for Life BIODIV’OM.