SPC Aids Squaretail Coral Grouper Efforts in Guam
Thursday, 28 March 2013 15:25

The squaretail coral grouper, Plectropomus areolatus, is one of the coral groupers that form spawning aggregations. It is a highly prized food fish, particularly in Asia, and a recent assessment by the International Union for Conservation of Nature indicates that the species is vulnerable to extinction. In Guam, it has almost disappeared from the nearshore catch and is seldom seen in the wild.

Several agencies — the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center Aquaculture Department (SEAFDEC/AQD), SPC’s Aquaculture Section, and the Center for Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture (CTSA) — are helping Guam to restore a coral grouper broodstock population and establish a marine finfish hatchery that will focus on this species. 
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