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Florida could lift 30-year ban on catching Goliath Grouper

Goliath Grouper Florida
In this undated photo provided by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is a goliath grouper. Florida is lifting its three-decade ban on catching and killing goliath groupers after wildlife officials argued their numbers have rebounded. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission approved on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021, a proposal to allow recreational harvest of 200 goliaths per year from March to May. (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission via AP)

According to wildlife officials Florida is lifting the three-decade ban on catching and killing goliath groupers, arguing that the species numbers have rebounded.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission approved a draft proposal on Wednesday to allow recreational harvest of goliaths per year from March to May.

South Florida and the Florida Keys will be off limits, and the size of the catch will be restricted to between
inches ( centimeters) and 36 inches (91 centimeters).

The proposal remains tentative until a second vote in March 2022, and probably would not effect until 2023, according to agency spokeswoman Amanda Nalley.

The goliath almost died off in the 1980s from overfishing and pollution, and is not allowed to be caught in any other state or federal waters.

Many critics have a lot to say regarding this issue, but Florida is very fond of Grouper being readily available in several restaurants.

How do we find a happy medium that’s good for the environment and good for the people?

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