Spawning Aggregation Acoustics Research

Principal Investigators:Michelle Schärer, Caribbean Coral Reef Institute (CCRI), University of Puerto Rico

Summary:  The purpose of the study is to determine if the Nassau grouper, Epinephelus striatus, produces sounds associated with spawning aggregations. Recognition of a species-specific sound may help increase our understanding of Nassau grouper reproductive behaviors and detect spawning aggregations acoustically.