The Mission of the Grouper and Wrasse Specialist Group is to promote the conservation, management and wise use of groupers and wrasses, and to enhance awareness of the vulnerability of this group of fishes, which includes the groupers (family Epinephelidae) and wrasses (family Labridae), and of the habitats upon which they depend.
1. To evaluate the status of all groupers and wrasses by 2007 (completed) and to re-valuate their global status by 2017 to ensure that assessments of conservation status are current. The completion of the 2017 assessment would enable a Red List Indicator to be determined to assess changes since the initial assessments.
2. To produce action plans and/or management strategies for the conservation and management of threatened groupers and wrasses, and to pay attention to data-deficient species such that assessments can be forthcoming.
3. To co-ordinate and collaborate with conservation NGOs, governments, inter-governmental organisations, academia, user groups and fishery authorities to provide expert advice in support of solutions that will downgrade species classified as 'threatened' and ensure sustainable use. This to include promotion of measures that ensure equitable resource use and fair trade practices along international trade chains.
4. To encourage implementation of appropriate species-level data collection systems for a better understanding of the status, trade and marketing of exploited species, and identify research gaps in these areas.
5. To promote a wider understanding, appreciation and awareness of the vulnerability to overexploitation of groupers and wrasses, both among stakeholders and the wider general public.
6. To develop and strengthen the Specialist Group membership to most effectively address stated objectives by enhancing group activities and by workshop training in red list assessments.
7. To integrate and align grouper and wrasse conservation and management into broader agendas of spatial protection (e.g. marine protected areas, spawning sites), conservation planning indicators (e.g. spawning aggregations as key biodiversity areas), and sustainable food certifications (e.g. WWF Seafood Choice Guide).