The Department of Marine Resources wishes to advise the general public of the closure of the Nassau Grouper (Epinephelus striatus) season for all of The Bahamas commencing 1st December 2011 to 29th February 2012.
The Department of Marine Resources wishes to further advise that the taking, landing, processing and possessing of Nassau Grouper will be strictly prohibited.
The general public is to note that the ban is only for the Nassau Grouper species and that one is able to capture and purchase any of the remaining available species of groupers in The Bahamas. All groupers are top be landed head and tail intact to assist in the identification of the species of grouper.
To assist in the identification of the Nassau Grouper species from the other grouper species, the Nassau Grouper is the grouper with the black band or saddle near its tail.
The Department of Marine Resources requests the co-operation of the general public by adhering to all of the fisheries laws of The Bahamas. Persons found in violation will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.