Economic Importance for Humans: Positive
Nassau groupers have been heavily fished and were once considered the most economically important fish of the Bahamas (1992). In addition to commercial fishing, this species also is a form of ecotourism. In 1999, Nassau groupers brought $18 million to Florida from tourism and sport fishing. Fishing, however, has been limited in recent years do to their endangered status. Nassau groupers are also good candidates for aquacultures, and spawning can be induced in this species using human chrionic gonadotropin (HCG).
Positive Impacts: food ; ecotourism