2014-10-16 / Around Town

Snowy Grouper Found in Bay



Save the Bay’s Exploration Center at Newport’s Easton’s Beach was the recipient of a gift from the sea recently. Adam Kovarsky, Exploration Center Aquarist explained, “Captain ‘Grampy’ Braman, a local commercial fisherman, discovered five small, snowy groupers in one of his crab pots and donated the 6-7-inch-long fish to our facility. While this species routinely shows up in Narragansett Bay, most of the collected specimens are in the one to two-inch range. Groupers grow and mature extremely fast and are voracious predators, so we will be looking for new homes for this group in the future.” The fish can reach a length of four feet and weigh up to 70 pounds. It feeds on bottom dwelling fish and deep-sea crabs, and is considered a game and trophy fish by sport fishermen. (Photo by Jack Kelly) Save the Bay’s Exploration Center at Newport’s Easton’s Beach was the recipient of a gift from the sea recently. Adam Kovarsky, Exploration Center Aquarist explained, “Captain ‘Grampy’ Braman, a local commercial fisherman, discovered five small, snowy groupers in one of his crab pots and donated the 6-7-inch-long fish to our facility. While this species routinely shows up in Narragansett Bay, most of the collected specimens are in the one to two-inch range. Groupers grow and mature extremely fast and are voracious predators, so we will be looking for new homes for this group in the future.” The fish can reach a length of four feet and weigh up to 70 pounds. It feeds on bottom dwelling fish and deep-sea crabs, and is considered a game and trophy fish by sport fishermen. (Photo by Jack Kelly)

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