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Help Keep the Goliath Grouper catch and release only!
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Help Keep the Goliath Grouper catch and release only!
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Kelly Abella
May 01, 2021
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Help Keep the Goliath Grouper catch and release only!
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Kelly Abella
May 01, 2021
The FWC will be considering implementing a limited harvest of goliath groupers by recreational fishermen. Recreational fishing is especially important to the state of Florida and the tourism trade. The fisherman and spear hunters are of the opinion that the goliath grouper is a nuisance and because of its size may also view it as a trophy fish. The FWC concludes the report with “If directed, staff will develop a draft rule for limited harvest of the goliath for the Commission’s consideration at a future FWC meeting. It is important to note that the FWC’s seven commissioners are appointed by the Governor to five-year terms. As such they must consider the opinion of all the interested parties. I am not opposed to recreational fishing; in fact, I just got my fishing license a couple of weeks ago. But I feel there are very compelling reasons that this is not the right time to do this. Grouper Notes from the 27-page presentation by the FWC: 1. Goliath Groupers live to be old – the oldest documented one is 37 years old! But here is the rub – we think it is older, but we do not know because they are just now rebounding from almost being over fished and the oldest groupers killed off in the 1980s. 2. Juvenile groupers depend on estuaries and mangrove habitats for growth until ages 5 to 7. 3. They are easy to locate by GPS and sonar therefore easy to catch. 4. They are territorial and stay in the same place once they find their home. 5. They eat mostly crabs and lobster (in the Keys) Snappers and groupers make up less than 1% of their diet. Some fishermen believe they are responsible for declining fish populations, but this has not been proven to be so. 6. They are also susceptible to Red Tide and cold weather kills. 7. They take a long time to grow up - They do not reach sexual maturity until 3-6 years old. 8. Older females are important. They produce more eggs of higher quality – BUT most of the groupers in recent years at spawning sites range between 4 and 20 years and lack older females. 9. They were over fished in the 1980s and suffered from mangrove loss from development. 10. Other problems - 2009-2019 a cold kill event and 2017 to 2019 Red tide event slowed the recovery rate. 11. We are still in the recovery process and have not reached the numbers from before. I think it would be unwise to add a 3rd stressor (fishing) to the mix at this time. 12. They are still measuring the recover and genetic diversity of the Goliath. It currently shows low to moderate diversity. Will take 5 to 7 years to gather better results. 13. Long-term recovery requires older groupers, which are currently missing are not likely to be rebuilt for at least another 10 years. This graph represents the number of Goliath seen in the Dry Tortugas and The Fl Keys. Note the number on the Y axis stops at 35! With a sharp decline in past few years! This does not indicate a recovery at all. 14. The high content of mercury in their system degrades their value as a food source. Anything above .46 Parts per million (ppm) is subject to a consumption warning by the Florida Department of Health. Based on the graph below most Goliath groupers exceed this limit at 40 inches. (NOTE – the current size limit being suggested is 47 to 67 inches”) The current proposal allows for 100 Goliath groupers from sizes 47 to 67 inches to be hunted each year and would not be allowed during spawning season. The tag would cost $300 and would go towards studying the grouper. (WAIT – is that $3000 per year…. Could be more if the tag goes over a week – BUT this does not seem like enough money to be of any significance) *** While they have started to recover in Florida but are still absent in much of their historic range of the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, and the northern part of South America. And the recovery is not complete in the state of Florida. *** The decline of the Goliath is largely manmade – overfishing, mangrove loss to commercial development, and red tides made worse by adding additional nutrients to the water.
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Kelly Abella
Apr 22, 2021
Very Nice! Thank you for posting!
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Kelly Abella
Apr 22, 2021
SO CUTE! I love it!
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A lil' 3d render I did in NJ :D The character is Tyranitar from Pokemon for those interested.
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Kelly Abella
Apr 22, 2021
Joey - that is amazing!
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