September 9, 1958 in Key West. From the Monroe County Library Archives.
Historical exploitation of goliath grouper greatly reduced the number of reproductive adults, and led to their protection in the Caribbean since 1993.
On Thursday April 26, 2018, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will vote on a “limited take” proposal for the Goliath Grouper. This would allow for the killing of 400 breeding adults of this species by those holding permits! Goliath grouper is critically endangered on the IUCN red list.
This "take" would reverse the successful protection of these species, which has been in place for 28 years. Protections are working and the population is slowly recovering, but this harvest would be a major set back.
For more information on this vote, click HERE!