Belize Spawning Aggregation Group (SPAGS) Database


About Belize Spawning Aggregation Group (SPAGS)
The Belize National Spawning Aggregation Working Group was established in July 2001 in response to a nation-wide survey of spawning aggregations of the Nassau grouper in early 2001 that revealed very low numbers of spawning fish. During 2002 a coalition of seven NGOs worked successfully to protect 11 of the Nassau grouper spawning sites, and to introduce a four-month closed season which lasts from December to March. Since early 2003, the Working Group was revitalized and has been meeting regularly on a bi-monthly basis to share data and develop management strategies.
The Group has published a series of newsletters, posters, and TV spots. The main aim of this program is to keep stakeholders, particularly fishermen, informed of management progress and the results of the monitoring, to publicize the vulnerability of fish spawning aggregations and the conservation measures taken in Belize to preserve them through full protection of the sites and a closed season for the Nassau Grouper.
Seven sites are monitored as regularly as possible and include: Rocky Pt. (Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve), Dogflea Caye (Turneffe Islands), Sandbore (Lighthouse Reef), Emily/Caye Glory, Gladden Spit (Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes Marine Reserve), Northeast Point (Glover's Reef Marine Reserve) and Nicholas Caye (Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve). The monitoring teams are guided by the Reef Fish Spawning Aggregation Monitoring Protocol for the Mesoamerican Reef and Wider Caribbean.

Belize Spawning Aggregation Group (SPAGS) Database
The SPAGS Working Group has a Database developed and maintained by ERI-UB in which all monitoring data collected by SPAGS members is managed. The SPAGS Information System allows for registered users to enter data and provides reports for analysis of data. Use of the database is governed by a data sharing agreement, which has been signed by participating members.
SPAGS members:

Interactive Map (Data Summary)