On July 15, 2013, NMFS received a petition to list 81 species of marine organisms as endangered or…
About The Species
The island grouper is a shallow water fish that is found off the Canary Islands, Madeira and the Azores, and Cape Verde. Under the Endangered Species Act, NOAA Fisheries must list threatened and endangered marine species regardless of where they are found. The island grouper is listed as threatened throughout its range under the ESA.
ESA Threatened - Foreign
- Throughout Its Range
On July 15, 2013, we received a petition from WildEarth Guardians to list the island grouper, along with 80 other marine species or subpopulations, as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act. On February 24, 2014, we published a notice that listing may be warranted for the island grouper and nine other fish species. We published the proposed rule to list the island grouper as threatened under the ESA on September 23, 2015. We published the final rule to list the island grouper as threatened under the ESA on October 20, 2016.