ESR 7:163-165 (2009)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/esr00212

Range-wide status and conservation of the goliath grouper Epinephelus itajara: Introduction

Kevin L. Rhodes1,*, Rachel T. Graham2

1The University of Hawaii at Hilo, 200 W. Kawili St., Hilo, Hawaii 97620, USA
2Wildlife Conservation Society, P.O. Box 37, Punta Gorda, Belize

ABSTRACT: The goliath grouper is Critically Endangered (CR A2d) throughout its range and in need of immediate management where it is lacking and continued management where it exists. A special symposium was held in November 2007 at the 60th Annual Meeting of the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute to share recent research findings and establish a regional research, conservation and management network to improve the species’ status. Eleven contributions were chosen from the symposium to help enrich our understanding of the species’ management needs within a biological, ecological, phylogeographic and fisheries context. One contribution provides important information on the human health effects of goliath grouper consumption.


KEY WORDS: Epinephelidae · Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute · Overfishing · Management


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Cite this article as: Rhodes KL, Graham RT (2009) Range-wide status and conservation of the goliath grouper Epinephelus itajara: Introduction. Endang Species Res 7:163-165. https://doi.org/10.3354/esr00212

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