The Nassau Grouper, Epinephelus striatus (IUCN status: Endangered), is perhaps the most vulnerable of the species known to congregate at the Northeast Point spawning aggregation site on Glover's Reef Atoll. The spawning site is being monitored by WCS and the Fisheries Department in collaboration with the National Spawning Aggregation Working Group, and has always been considered important for this large species. The Northeast site has been identified as one of only two viable sites remaining for the Nassau Grouper, of nine originally known locations. In 2002, it was declared a marine reserve, along with 10 other fish spawning sites in Belize.
Spawning Aggregation Site
This zone is permanently closed to fishing to protect the spawning aggregation site. It overlaps the Seasonal Closure Zone, but is more specifically linked to the area covered by the Spawning Aggregation Site.
- To provide protection to the population of spawning Nassau groupers during their reproductive season.
- To monitor fluctuations in the spawning population of groupers.
Use and Entry
- The Zone is permanently closed to fishing.