Giant grouper found in Antique
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A stranded seven-foot, 176-kilogram giant grouper, the largest reef-dwelling fish in the world, was found by a fisherman in the shore of Libertad town in Antique province on Wednesday. Jesie Cacam, a fisherman from Barangay Taboc, saw the dying fish, locally known as “lapu-lapu” in Filipino, or “pugaro” or “kugtong” in Kinaray-a language, and asked the help of seven fishermen from the village to carry it from the Pandan Bay to shore, where it eventually died. “So far, that pugaro is the biggest grouper caught in the town of Libertad,” said one of the elders in the fishing village. A person weighing 50 kilos “can fit inside the mouth of the grouper,” said Estaquio Daypuyart, the barangay captain. The giant grouper (Epinephelus lanceolatus) has a large mouth and a rounded tail. Juveniles have irregular black and yellow markings, while adults are green-grey to grey-brown with faint mottling, with numerous small black spots on the fins. It is considered Vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List Status, indicating the need to protect and conserve this species.
Calawag, F. N. (2015, July 9). Giant grouper found in Antique. Philippine Daily Inquirer, p. A8.
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Reef fish; Carcasses; Vulnerable species; Fishery protection; Nature conservation; Percoid fisheries; Fishery regulations; Epinephelus lanceolatus; International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN); Libertad, Pandan, Sebaste and Culasi (Lipasecu) Bay-wide Management Council; Antique Marine Wildlife Protection Network; Cacam, Jesie; Daypuyart, Estaquio; Raymundo, Berting; Calawag, Nicolasito