This famous fish, who lives in the Marine Reserve known as Mar de Las Calmas, has become an icon of El Hierro and is now well-known all throughoutÂ the archipelago. The fish with big lips is apparantly a gentle giant, making friends easily with new local scubadivers. The grouper,Â affectionately named “Pancho”, is over 40 years old and weighs 40kg!
Unfortunately, spear fishermen recently killed his long-time partner, Natalia. So to ensure that PanchoÂ doesn’t suffer the same fate,Â local restaurants have incitedÂ a verbal agreement not to serve grouper on the menu in a move of respect for Pancho. Likewise, the municipal government of El Hierro has advised all to respect the coastal pools where groupers lay their eggs.Â Paco remainsÂ a proud symbol of the fight to preserve this rich marine ecosystem.