A fisherman has caught a six-foot, 113-kilogram giant grouper in the waters off Surigao del Norte on Monday.
Cesar Dela Cruz Laon, a fisherman from Mabua, Surigao City caught the largest reef-dwelling fish in the world, locally known as “lapu-lapu” or “pugapo”.
Reports said the giant lapu-lapu was sliced and its meat sold in the local market.
One of the most expensive fishes in the market and is valued because of its texture and taste, the giant grouper is considered Vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List Status,indicating the need to protect and conserve this species. Photos courtesy of Grace Rasonabe