Protect Florida's Goliath Groupers
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Protect Florida's Goliath Groupers

Goliath grouper

Goliath grouper were once abundant from Florida to Brazil, but overfishing and habitat loss decimated their numbers. Since 1990 harvest and possession of the fish have been prohibited in U.S. federal waters and state waters off Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. This ban has allowed goliath grouper to recover, but they still have a long way to go.

And now the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is considering allowing harvest of these giant, rare fish again in state waters.

Will you speak out in favor of upholding protections for goliath grouper?

The commission's proposal would allow the lethal harvest of 100 goliath groupers per year for four years for research. But the science that the commission hopes to gather by harvesting fish can be accomplished using a nonlethal catch-and-release program. And claims from fishermen that goliath grouper are interfering with other fisheries have been disproven.

The proposed harvest would target most of Florida's breeding population of goliath grouper. This would undermine 27 years of conservation efforts and put the population at risk of extinction.

Using the form on this page, tell the commission you support keeping Florida's goliath grouper protected, and ask it to adopt nonlethal means of studying the fish.

Please take action by Jan. 15, 2018.

Photo of goliath grouper by Geraldecarroll/Wikimedia.

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