Nassau Grouper gorgeous, personable fish

Letter to Minister Mark Scotland

I’m writing to you because I have a strong disbelief about fishing the Nassau Grouper.

The Nassau Grouper is a gorgeous fish packed with personality. If you don’t extend the bank, think of what the divers and snorklers would say.

How would you like it if someone came and started bother you with a sharp, shiny object? I understand that the fishermen need money, but they can make money off other fish, such as dolphin. If you were to catch males then the females can’t lay their eggs.

I know it’s a tradition to fish; however, it’s not tradition to fish grouper. Dr. Guy Harvey, marine biologist extraordinaire, came to our school. He introduced his side of the argument about extending the ban for the spawning aggregation sight in Little Cayman. Only 3,000 Nassau Groupers are left in the world and if you lift the ban, they all would be gone within six months! Imagine how sad it would be without the Nassau Groupers.

Everybody knows that the Nassau Groupers are endangered, yet no one is doing anything to stop them. Naturally I feel that no one at all should be hunting them, but that wouldn’t be fair to the fishermen. A sensible idea would be to keep the Nassau Grouper because they are being trained to hunt lionfish. Lionfish are a huge pest and are poisonous. These are two good reasons we need the Nassau Grouper.

Thank you for reading my letter and I hope you’ll put it to consideration.

Megan Arch

Year 6

Cayman Prep

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