Status Review for Island Grouper (Mycteroperca fusca)
This report is the status review for the island grouper. This report summarizes the best available data and information on the species and presents an evaluation of its status and extinction risk.
On July 15, 2013, NMFS received a petition to list 81 species of marine organisms as endangered or threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). If an ESA petition is found to present substantial scientific or commercial information that the petitioned action may be warranted, a status review shall be promptly commenced (16 U.S.C. 1533(b)(3)(A)). NMFS determined that for 27 of the 81 species, including the island grouper (Mycteroperca fusca), the petition had sufficient merit for consideration and that a status review was warranted (79 FR 10104, February 24, 2014). This document is the ESA status review report for the island grouper.