There is nothing more rewarding in the Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez), than to encounter the rare and beautiful form of the large gulf grouper, Mycteroperca jordani. During the spring and early summer, they are found on rocky reefs throughout the Gulf of California at depths of 16 to 100 feet. This beautiful grouper is currently listed as "Endangered", due to intense fishing pressure because of its large size - up to 200 lbs. Recreational fishing by US fishers is a major contributor to overfishing the remaining stocks in the Northern Gulf. Its population throughout the Gulf is now thought to be less than 1% of its 1940's abundance. IUCN Red List of endangered species 2015.2.