Should Florida allow harvesting of goliath grouper?
That is the question being discussed at 15 public workshops around the state.
The mammoth fish can grow to the size of a grizzly bear. What’s not been big about goliath grouper are their numbers: Fisheries dwindled due to overfishing in the 80s. In 1990, harvest of goliath grouper was prohibited in Florida state waters and Gulf and South Atlantic federal waters.
But, a recent federal stock assessment showed goliath groupers numbers on the rise South Florida waters.