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Goliath Grouper Survey Begins this Week!

The goliath grouper is the largest member of the grouper family – reaching length’s of 8 ft and weight of over 800 lbs.  This species has been on FWC’s no-harvest list for several years due to overharvesting.  Today the number, and range, of this grouper have increased.  Each year Dr. Angela Collins (Florida Sea Grant), along with FWC, conducts a week long survey of the grouper across the state.  If you are a diver and would like to participate in this week’s survey please contact Rick O’Connor at the Escambia County Extension office for the official data sheet and how to report your sighting.

The goliath grouper is the largest member of the grouper family reaching weights of 800 lbs.  Photo: Bryan Fluech

The goliath grouper is the largest member of the grouper family reaching weights of 800 lbs.
Photo: Bryan Fluech

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