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There are 67 grouper recipes featured on Cooks.com. The Food Network website has 66. The fish prized for its mild, high-quality flesh. One of Florida's most popular fish, grouper is a main target for sport fishing.
But as with other fish, its popularity will be its downfall. According to a new report by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission, 20 species of grouper (12 percent) are at risk of extinction due to overfishing.
The 2012 Culinary Chart of Fish Alternatives, created by the Monterey Bay Aquarium, suggests two alternatives to grouper: Mahi Mahi (troll/pole-caught from the U.S. Atlantic) and Striped Bass (farmed or wild-caught). If we can ease up on eating grouper, their fish stocks will better be able to recover.
"Fish are one of the last animal resources commercially harvested from the wild by humans, and groupers are among the most desirable fishes," said Dr. Luiz Rocha, Curator of Ichthyology at the California Academy of Sciences, and one of the paper's authors, in a press release.
"Unfortunately, the false perception that marine resources are infinite is still common in our society, and in order to preserve groupers and other marine resources we need to reverse this old mentality."
Check out the 2012 Culinary Chart of Fish Alternatives: http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/cr_seafoodwatch/sfw_alternatives.aspx
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image: The critically endangered Atlantic goliath grouper, Epinephelus itajara, from the subtropical and tropical Atlantic (credit: Athila Bertoncini, California Academy of Sciences)