Thursday, April 13, 2006

Good news for goliath grouper?

Goliath grouper are making a comeback in parts of Florida, and that's reason to cheer. These magnificent fish are now coming off the "species of concern" (=intensive care) list.

Goliath grouper (formerly known as jewfish) can get very LARGE (more than 800 pounds--much bigger than your refrigerator!) and they're popular since they can be easily seen or caught in shallow waters. (web video of a battle with a goliath-ya gotta see this, worth the long load time)

It took a fishing ban to start these fish on the road to recovery, and pressure is already mounting to end the ban. Fishing for goliath grouper now is like resuming a boxing match after a knocked-down boxer has barely struggled up off the floor. Will these fish be allowed to recover?

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