Extend Nassau Grouper fishing ban

An open letter to Minister Mark Scotland

I am writing to you in regards to the Nassau Grouper fishing ban that will be lifted in December this year.

I am a Caymanian boy. Don’t you think we should extend the ban? Tourists and divers won’t come in such great numbers as they are no, also local artists such as Guy Harvey won’t be able to paint these beautiful fish. There are so many detrimental affects from one extinction of a species and you will be responsible for this if the ban is lifted prematurely. I am sure you don’t want this to happen, do you?

Another problem for the Nassau Grouper is a fish called the lionfish. I’m sure you have heard about it; this small deadly fish repeatedly kills the young grouper and if we kill the adults then there will be nothing to reproduce and result to the extinction of these large but delicate creatures.

I understand that there is a ban for many other sea creatures. You can change the life of the Nassau Grouper if you extend the ban. Then they can live the life they are meant to live.

To conclude, I will end this letter by saying there used to be eight sites around the Cayman Islands where the groupers spawned. Now there is one because local fishermen have over-fished these poor groupers.

We need to maintain this site. All I ask is to extend this ban.

Charles Allen

Year 6

Cayman Prep

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