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Goliath Grouper Illegal To Catch

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Bob Roberts
• Monday, 23 November, 2020
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Maggie Marmoreal/For the Herald The goliathgrouper, the monster reef fish that can grow to 800 pounds and nearly disappeared in the 1970s, is off-limits for now. On Thursday, Florida wildlife commissioners refused to lift a nearly two-decade ban on harvesting the fish, citing continued uncertainty about the remaining numbers and bowing to the demands of divers and scientists, who packed a meeting and led an online petition that drew nearly 60,000 signatures.

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“The fact we’re even having this discussion means we’ve been successful,” said Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission chair BO River. Curious and generally fearless, they were easy targets for anglers and spear fishermen, especially when they gathered in large numbers in July and August to mate.

After the ban in 1990, the fish began to bounce back, but scientists believe Florida's record 2010 freeze likely sent numbers downward again. Anglers, however, have increasingly complained that the voracious fish are taking over reefs and gobbling up their catches.

A survey FCC conducted in the Keys and Dry Tortugas found just a 2 and 4.5 percent increase. They also said lobster counts have remained stable, indicating that the fish are not affecting the popular, and lucrative, crustacean.

The controversy over whether to allow harvesting has divided some anglers and divers, who consider the gentle Goliath a mascot for the reefs. On Thursday, about 60 speakers, nearly all divers and many wearing Save the Goliath T-shirts handed out by the Diving Equipment & Marketing Association, criticized the move as an attempt to appease anglers.

“You’re awarding a trophy fish to essentially a lazy hunter,” said Miami diver James Woodard. UM Rosenthal School of Marine and Atmospheric Science fishery scientist Bill Hartford and Nova geneticist Andrea Bernard said they are working on building a statistical model, similar to methods used to assess blue fin tuna, that can account for gaps in catch history caused by the fishing moratorium and provide an accurate count for adult fish in Florida.

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“People got us into this problem and if the fishing opens back up, we'll likely be back in this position,” said Ellie Fodder, a sophomore environmental study major at Becker College who left campus at 3:30 a.m. Thursday with her dive club, the Scuba Jews, and campus rabbi, Ed Rosenthal, to make the morning meeting. On August 26th, Joshua Anyzeski caught the prohibited species, removing it from the water to take a picture.

The picture circulated on social media, which tipped off officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. A Key West college student learned a hard lesson about Florida wildlife law this week, police said.

Joshua David Anyzeski, 18, was jailed Monday after state fish and wildlife officers said he removed a Goliath grouper from the water, so he could pose for a photo with it. He was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of possession of a Goliath grouper, booked into the Stock Island Detention Center and released the same day after posting a $7,500 bond.

A Key West college student got arrested after sharing this photo with friends in a group text. “The lagoon is a classroom space where we teach diving and marine science classes,” said Amber Ernst-Leonard, the college’s spokeswoman.

Anyzeski got in trouble after sending the photo of him holding the Goliath grouper to friends in a group text to brag about snagging the fish, according to the report. On Aug. 28, FCC investigators went to Anyzeski’s dorm room at the College of the Florida Keys to speak with him about the photo.

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Asked if Anyzeski is in trouble with the school for the catch, Ernst-Leonard said the college does not comment on student disciplinary cases. She was part of the staff at the New Orleans Times-Picayune that in 2005 won two Pulitzer Prizes for coverage of Hurricane Katrina.

The coasts of Florida have been a fisherman's hub for record-breaking catches this year, but a Cape Coral man may have set a new feat after snagging a giant fish while on a paddleboard. Chance is flung off the paddleboard at one point during the video, but he was able to recover and reel in the 412-pound fish, guiding it to a nearby boat.

The moment a Florida man captured a Goliath grouper, which are known to eat small sharks, has been immortalized on YouTube. “Josh and Dr. Robert Borneo headed offshore to a shallow water wreck on the east coast of Florida.

Josh started off playing with a large congregation of monster bull sharks,” the description read. Josh started playing with the groupers and a monster Goliath attacked the bonito on the rope (probably over 500lbs)!” he wrote.

The goliathgrouper is the largest of the grouper species in the Atlantic Ocean, and they can weigh up to 800 pounds, according to NOAA’s website. “They were once so overfished in the southeastern United States, they were considered for listing under the Endangered Species Act,” according to NOAA.

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They’re found in shallow tropical waters near coral reefs, and its range extends from the Florida Keys to the Gulf of Mexico. In the eastern Atlantic Ocean, goliathgrouper are found off the coast of Africa from the Congo to Senegal,” says NOAA.

“Threats to the species include commercial and recreational fishing, harmful algal blooms (red tide), and habitat loss,” says the NOAA website. The moment a Goliath grouper eating a shark was captured on camera as shocked fishermen look on.

Funding for this project was obtained through grants from the West Coast Inland Navigation District and Charlotte County. View Saltwater Fish Measurement Guidelines, developed by the FCC's Division of Marine Fisheries Management.

Lumberjack, GREATERMinimum size limit: 30" fork Closed season: June 1 to July 31 Daily recreation bag limit: 1 per harvester per day Remarks: Must remain in whole condition until landed ashore (heads, fins, and tails intact). Lumberjack, LESSER and BANDED RUDDERFISHMinimum size limit: 14" fork Maximum size limit: 22" fork Closed season: None Daily recreation bag limit: 5 aggregate of lesser amber jack and banded rudder fish Remarks: Must remain in whole condition until landed ashore (heads, fins, and tails intact).

Must remain in whole condition until landed ashore (heads, fins, and tails intact). Harvest prohibited by or with the use of any multiple hook in conjunction with live or dead bait.

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Must remain in whole condition until landed ashore (heads, fins, and tails intact). Must remain in whole condition until landed ashore (heads, fins, and tails intact).

Harvest prohibited by or with the use of any multiple hook in conjunction with live or dead bait. Remarks: Fish must remain in whole condition until landed ashore (heads, fins, and tails intact).

Remarks: Fish must remain in whole condition until landed ashore (heads, fins, and tails intact). GROUPER, GOLIATH Remarks: It is illegal to harvest, land, purchase, sell or exchange goliathgrouper.

For information about goliathgrouper, including catch -and-release guidelines, visit FCC's goliathgrouper Web page GROUPER, Minimum size limit: 20" total length Closed season: None Daily recreation bag limit: 4 per harvester per day. Remarks: Zero daily bag and possession limit for captain and crew on for-hire vessels.

Fish must remain in whole condition until landed ashore (heads, fins, and tails intact). Back to Top HOGFISHMinimum size limit: 12" fork Closed season: None Daily recreation bag limit: 5 per harvester per day Remarks: Fish must remain in whole condition until landed ashore (heads, fins, and tails intact).

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MACKEREL, KING (King fish)Minimum size limit: 24" fork Closed season: None Daily recreation bag limit: 2 per harvester per day Remarks: Fish must remain in whole condition until landed ashore (heads, fins, and tails intact). Bag limit in Gulf-Atlantic fishery reduced to 1 when federal waters are closed to all harvest.

MACKEREL, SPANISHMinimum size limit: 12" fork Closed season: None Daily recreation bag limit: 15 per harvester per day Remarks: Fish must remain in whole condition until landed ashore (heads, fins, and tails intact). Harvest prohibited by or with the use of any multiple hook in conjunction with live or dead bait.

FLORIDA POMPANOMinimum size limit: 11" fork Closed season: None Daily recreation bag limit: 6 per harvester per day Remarks: Fish must remain in whole condition until landed ashore (heads, fins, and tails intact). Harvest by hook and line, cast net, and beach or haul seine only.

Harvest prohibited by or with the use of any multiple hook in conjunction with live or dead bait. Fish must remain in whole condition until landed ashore (heads, fins, and tails intact).

Harvest prohibited by or with the use of any multiple hook in conjunction with live or dead bait. Fish must remain in whole condition until landed ashore (heads, fins, and tails intact).

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Harvest prohibited by or with the use of any multiple hook in conjunction with live or dead bait. Fish must remain in whole condition until landed ashore (heads, fins, and tails intact).

Fish must remain in whole condition until landed ashore (heads, fins, and tails intact). Fish must remain in whole condition until landed ashore (heads, fins, and tails intact).

Harvest prohibited by or with the use of any multiple hook in conjunction with live or dead bait. SPOTTED Seafront (Speckled Sea trout)Minimum size limit: 15" total length Maximum size limit: 20" total length (one fish may be greater than 20") Closed season: None Daily recreation bag limit: 4 per harvester per day Remarks: Fish must remain in whole condition until landed ashore (heads, fins, and tails intact).

Harvest prohibited by or with the use of any multiple hook in conjunction with live or dead bait. Fish must remain in whole condition until landed ashore (heads, fins, and tails intact).

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