I was enjoying a leisurely dive with my kids Jessica and Alexander at Tarpon Alley on Grand Cayman’s north wall, composing some lovely shots of the massed bodies of tarpon, when suddenly all the tarpon tensed and moved aside.
“Throughout the warm waters of the western Atlantic and the Caribbean, one
species of fish that stands out as the icon of the coral reef environment…the
Nassau grouper.” So why are we still catching Nassau grouper if their numbers
are so low?
There is a small pinnacle or sea mount about a mile off the coast of
Bluefields in SW Jamaica near where I grew up, spending countless days
fishing and diving with my parents out of a dugout, cotton tree canoe.
A few months ago I wrote an article for What’s Hot about the pros and
cons of artificial reefs anticipating the deployment and sinking of the
USS Kittiwake here in Grand Cayman. Due to a number of factors the
sinking was delayed until 5 January , 2011.
We had just finished another incredible dive on the north wall of Grand
Cayman, and back in the boat, my daughter Jessica, said “Dad! Did you
see the number of small Nassau groupers on that dive, there were at
least five or six! I don’t recall seeing that many a few years ago”.
Half way through my regular Sunday morning dive, I was trying to snap a
beautiful Queen angelfish when I heard Jessica’s excited babbling in her
regulator. My daughter had found something she wanted me to see. I
paddled on over as a school of cero mackerel whizzed by,