LRFFTLive Reef Food Fish Trade
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Across the Philippines, millions of juveniles are caught before they reproduce, raising serious concerns about the LRFFT's sustainability.
The current system of LRFFT collection is untenable: WWF surveys have shown that over half the groupers taken from Palawan's reefs are juveniles, a clear sign of dangerous stock depletion.
"Just a few years ago, the panther grouper was at the top of the LRFFT heap," says Matillano.