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Is Florida Going to Permit Goliath Grouper Harvesting? When it comes to Florida politics, there’s a lot going around here, from Trump’s Tampa visit to the hot button issue of sanctuary cities. But if you’re a fisherman, specifically a goliath grouper hunter, you’ll perhaps pay more attention to the recent developments around this species of fish. Several fishermen have been heard saying that the fish has soared in numbers lately, and they hope that the appropriate Florida authorities will yet gain permit harvesting of the fish. Since 1990, fishermen have not been allowed to harvest the goliath grouper after uncontrolled fishing almost speared it into extinction. However, there’s optimism that Florida will lift the ban in some way. On February 8-10, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will gather to look at the future of the fish regarding the matter of harvesting.
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But no proposal has been submitted as yet to permit harvesting of the fish. In one of the sessions, staff from the FWC will give the commission a report about the biology of the goliath grouper, including the latest findings on the population of the fish.
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According to the FWC spokeswoman, the commission will be discussing whether or not public input should be sought about the possible management changes, which include the possibility of permitting some form of restricted harvesting. Biologists and environmentalists say they require more time to look into the goliath’s lifecycle. These experts are studying issues like how big the goliath grouper can get, their lifetime, relevant catch and release statistics, and the damage on the fish that commercial fishing has had in the past. Commercial divers spent decades over-hunting the goliath grouper and almost causing its extinction by 1990, but fishermen say that this superior predator is back and breathing fire, dominating the reefs and eating other fish, lobsters, and pretty much anything that fits in its gigantic mouth. A Vero Beach fishing expert is said to have claimed that the fish has become notorious, and thus, it should be lawful to harvest it in a restricted form. As at now, many more divers and fishermen are incensed that enough is enough concerning the goliath. In some quarters, it’s been suggested that the state should allow the catching of 10 to 50-pound goliaths, while sparing the larger, reproducing ones. Therefore, as at now, people are not going for open season where you could catch a zillion goliaths. Decisions by the FWC will dictate whether or not Florida fishermen can start supporting their livelihood by catching the goliath grouper. Depending on your perception, the final determination may be one of the best Florida political news.