Man Arrested For Goliath Grouper

James Lee
• Wednesday, 27 October, 2021
• 7 min read

A 32-year-old man from Callahan, Florida, turned himself in to authorities on Oct. 13 after photos and video allegedly showed him in possession of a nurse shark and filleting goliathgrouper, among other marine resource violations, during a visit in Marathon. The video, posted on Aug. 24 at a Gulf stream Avenue residence in Marathon, goes on to show a young boy diving and grabbing the nurse shark and handing it to a bearded Hispanic male, later identified as Hansel Garrison, who then shows it to some other guests on the pool deck before the video cuts off.

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The video shows Garrison clothed in turquoise swim trunks holding the nurse shark. At one point, Garrison allegedly holds up the shark to the camera and it runs the length from his face to his belly button.

Hansel Garrison, of Callahan, Florida, is facing a bevy of charges after he was allegedly found to be in possession of a nurse shark under 54 inches, undersized lobster and a goliathgrouper. In another video posted on Aug. 24, Garrison was seen cooking on a barbecue grill with Florida spiny lobster that were undersized.

Garrison, who lives in Callahan near Jacksonville, remained locked up at a Monroe County jail Tuesday evening on $18,101 bond. State fish and wildlife police arrested a man they said killed a federally protected Goliath grouper while on vacation in the Florida Keys in August 2020.

In this screenshot, the man is seen with a Goliath grouper, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Garrison told police he didn’t know the big fish he filleted was a Goliath grouper, a species that has been protected in state and federal waters off Florida since 1990.

A young boy dives and grabs the nurse shark and brings it to a man on the deck, who shows it to some people. “The shark is extremely sluggish and close to near death,” the FCC report states.

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After watching the nurse shark video, Dire checked out the rest of Garrison’s Keys posts and said he found evidence of the lobster and Goliath grouper violations. She was part of the staff at the New Orleans Times-Picayune that in 2005 won two Pulitzer Prizes for coverage of Hurricane Katrina.

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. Asked if Anyzeski is in trouble with the school for the catch, Ernst-Leonard said the college does not comment on student disciplinary cases.

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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 Key West college student received a difficult life lesson regarding Florida's fishing and game laws this week, according to police.

The 18-year-old fisherman was arrested and then put in jail shortly after Florida state fish and wildlife law enforcement officers accused the teen of removing a Goliath grouper from the water in order to pose for a picture with the large fish. The teenager was booked into the Stock Island Detention Center, and he was later released that day once he posted a $7,500 bail bond.

The Key West college student got into trouble with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission after he shared a photo of himself with the GoliathGrouper. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the teen stated to law enforcement officers that he caught the young GoliathGrouper in a lagoon located on the campus of the College of the Florida Keys on Stock Island's arrest report.

Law enforcement officers state that the issue is that the teen removed the fish from the water, and then he traveled more than 100 feet in order to take a photograph. The teen was caught because he decided to share a photo of him and the Goliath grouper with several friends in a group text message.

In addition, “Large Goliath Groupers” must be left in the water during the fish's release. On August 26th, Joshua Anyzeski caught the prohibited species, removing it from the water to take a picture.

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The picture circulated on social media, which tipped off officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Joshua David Anyzeski, 18, caught a Goliath grouper while fishing, which is against the law.

The teen was arrested and charged with taking a threatened endangered species. On Nov. 26, FCC investigators were conducting surveillance of the dock area behind #1 Arbutus Street in Key West.

Investigators observed the men return to the dock with spear guns and coolers. After questioning the men, investigators checked their coolers and found five juvenile goliathgrouper, each measuring 20 to 30 inches in length.

The men, Eric S. Batch and Brian T. Knowles were each charged with possessing goliathgrouper, a misdemeanor, and transported to the Monroe County Detention Center on Stock Island. A 16-year-old girl who went deep-sea fishing recently for only her second time, reeled up an estimated 583-pound goliathgrouper, which dwarfs the women’s world record for the species.

“I was, like, in shock pretty much,” Reagan Werner told the Trinities Pioneer Press on Saturday. Werner, who is from Farmington, Minn., was fishing May 31 near Marco Island off Florida with her brother, mother, and stepfather.

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“These things have amazing power,” Paul Hartman, Werner’s stepfather, told the Pioneer Press. According to the International Game Fish Assn., the heaviest goliathgrouper caught by a woman weighed 366 pounds.

That fish, caught by Betsy Walker off Panama in 1965, is the women’s world record for 80-pound-test line. Thanks to the longstanding harvesting ban, the population is growing and larger fish are again being encountered by scuba divers and catch-and-release anglers.

It may be to show off, for food, or because of ignorance, but violations often occur, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission will prosecute those who break the law. I'm specifically referring to red snapper and shook, which have each been placed under strict closed seasons the past few years.

The most ludicrous story is of Apalachicola anglers who mistakenly kept a goliathgrouper in 2009, thinking it was a Warsaw grouper. Their picture was even picked up by a local newspaper, which also thought the fish was a Warsaw only to be corrected by the community.

With social networking sites like Facebook, anglers feel a bit more protected to brag about their catches. I know the cost of running offshore makes it extremely difficult to release out-of-season red snapper or gag grouper, but I also realize the penalties can be severe for those who break the law.

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If there are suspected violations, the FCC's forensics lab can conduct DNA tests to confirm the species. Violations involving not landing fish in a whole condition are a second-degree misdemeanor,” an FCC official told me.

As much as anglers may disagree with such laws, they are in place to protect the long-term health of fish species. CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. -- A South Dakota man has quite the fish story to bring back home with him, and video to prove it.

A YouTube video posted by Big Bully Outdoors last week show how the battle with an enormous goliathgrouper played out while fishing offshore of Coca Grande Pass. Dustin, visiting Florida from South Dakota, was locked in a battle with an estimated 500+ pound Goliath when the fish switched directions and caught Dustin off balance.

Amazingly, Dustin was able to hold onto the rod after falling in the water and handed it back to a crew member on the boat. A YouTube video posted by Big Bully Outdoors last week show how the battle with an enormous goliathgrouper played out while fishing offshore of Coca Grande Pass.

Treasure in the sea: Scuba divers at the second shipwreck site off Bheemunipatnam, about 45 km from Visakhapatnam. In what could catapult Visakhapatnam into a top scuba diving destination in the world, a second shipwreck with a critically endangered species of Goliath grouper was discovered by a team of experienced divers and diving instructors on Monday in the sea off Bheemunipatnam, 45 km from the city.

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This fish is entirely protected from harvest in the U.S. and is recognized as a critically endangered species by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). Scuba divers and instructors from Pune, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Andaman Islands and France were in the city exploring the waters near the first shipwreck over the past couple of weeks and the latest findings they say are “millions worth of treasure” for the global scuba diving community.

Scuba diving instructor Alarm Baidu, director of Sivan Adventures who was among the first to discover the second shipwreck, told The Hindu : “We were absolutely taken aback to spot a four-metre-long Goliath grouper coming out of the shipwreck! Since it is situated in the depths of the seabed, unlike the first shipwreck, this particular spot is open for only advanced divers.

“The State government and the Tourism department must mobilize ways to preserve these shipwreck sites and make them no-fishing zone. If the Goliath groupers are fished out of this place, it will be killed the entire ecosystem,” said Keisha Ram, a Hyderabad-based diver who went with the team on Monday.

To tell them how significant these findings are for turning Visakhapatnam into a global scuba diving destination,” Mr. Ram added. We have been keeping you up-to-date with information on the developments in India and the world that have a bearing on our health and well-being, our lives and livelihoods, during these difficult times.

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