Fisheries experts to consider status of goliath grouper

Do these gentle giants still deserve protection?

This week, fishery experts are meeting in the Florida Keys where they're focusing on protection for the goliath grouper.

Critics argue rules imposed in 1990 should be lifted, because the massive fish have become more plentiful.

Conservationists disagree, saying goliath grouper populations have not rebounded enough to allow them to be responsibly harvested.
    
Dive operators  like having the gentle giants around because they tend to attract and amuse divers. We have a relatively large population of them that seem to gather off the Jupiter Inlet each summer.


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