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Old 06-20-2017, 12:47 PM
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Goliath grouper workshops scheduled August through October; FWC needs your input

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) needs your input on goliath grouper management, including the possibility of a limited harvest in Florida state waters.

The FWC is hosting several goliath grouper public workshops throughout the state in August and October. Share your input and learn more about the current status of goliath grouper by attending one of these workshops.

Workshops will be from 5 to 8 p.m. local time:
Aug. 1: Key West, Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel, 3841 N. Roosevelt Blvd.
Aug. 2: Marathon, Hyatt Place Marathon/Florida Keys, 1996 Overseas Highway.
Aug. 3: Key Largo, Murray Nelson Government Center, 102050 Overseas Highway.
Aug. 8: Crystal River, Plantation on Crystal River, 9301 W. Fort Island Trail.
Aug. 9: Carrabelle, Franklin County Senior Citizens Center, 201 NW Ave. F.
Aug 16: Pensacola, Sanders Beach – Corinne Jones Resource Center, 913 S. I St.
Aug. 17: Panama City, Bland Conference Center, 4750 Collegiate Drive.
Oct. 9: Jacksonville, Pablo Creek Regional Library, 13295 Beach Blvd.
Oct. 10: Titusville, American Police Hall of Fame & Museum, 6350 Horizon Drive.
Oct. 11: Stuart, Flagler Place, 201 SW Flagler Ave.
Oct. 12: Davie, Old Davie School Historical Museum, 6650 Griffin Road.
Oct. 16: Pinellas Park, Bill Jackson’s Shop for Adventure, 9501 U.S. Highway 19 N.
Oct. 17: Port Charlotte, The Cultural Center of Charlotte County, 2280 Aaron St.
Oct. 18: Naples, Collier County Public Library - South Regional, 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway.
A lottery for a limited number of tags would be great and raise money...hopefully, for a good cause.
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Old 06-20-2017, 12:57 PM
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Who'd want to eat those behemoths?

Worms and mercury?
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Old 06-20-2017, 01:02 PM
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That's just a bad idea. Harvest for what you can't eat them
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Old 06-20-2017, 01:09 PM
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So, i'm thinking 6 divers with guns. One holds up a board that says "Ready!!"

Next board says...."AIM"

Last board says "HOLY CRAP I HOPE WE STONE IT!!!!"



Meat wise its a no brainer, these need to be commercially sold. Who harvests them is another factor too. Most Rec divers aren't prepared to deal with it and really, they should be just taken by rod/reel and the meat sold.

I ponder though how you can decide which fish to take so the population doesn't get too hurt. In some perfect world some of these monsters are really nuisances that should be removed and this would be a nice way to target them. Just to remove 50-100 or whatever fish randomly seems like a lost opportunity.
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Old 06-20-2017, 01:40 PM
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I'd think they'd have a slot

24"-48" or something
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Who in the hell is going to drag a vw bug sized fish aboard their boat, keep it on ice how? And for what purpose? Sounds like a great idea for those fishermen that suffer from little man's syndrome who need to kill something for a trophy.
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Sounds like a tourists dream.4 hour charter ,hook up 15 minutes into it,finally get fish on board 3 hours in,then back to dock for pics... Filet the side and take the worms and meat to the local cook your catch restaurant,and shit yourself for the rest of your vacation. L O L
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Has anyone ever ate one? Curious how they taste compared to other Grouper.
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I can see the 5 drunk buddies spending an hour trying to get it in the boat to only realize they don't have a cooler big enough. Then a few hours later they decide its spoiled because it sat on the hot deck too long and toss it overboard. You will see tons of morons taking them just to measure dicks at the dock. I would hope they keep the slot size on the smaller end so things like this are avoided.
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Originally Posted by 787337 View Post
Who in the hell is going to drag a vw bug sized fish aboard their boat, keep it on ice how? And for what purpose? Sounds like a great idea for those fishermen that suffer from little man's syndrome who need to kill something for a trophy.
That's what they make wreckers for. Big ass hook and a dead pig. Gets the big ones on shore....
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Old 06-20-2017, 07:30 PM
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I've heard they're delicious.
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They taste like a mix between manatee and bald eagle.
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They taste like a mix between manatee and bald eagle.
As someone that's had both Bald Eagle and Manatee this seems too good to be true.
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Tags are rumored to be $1,000. I also heard the mercury levels are extremely high in the larger fish. The fish they caught near Tampa had lesions on their organs because the mercury levels were so high.
it will be a slot due to their reproductive cycle and you won't want to eat anything in the slot. It's a waste.
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Here's a dilemma, the large ones are the nuisance. Yet the smaller ones are the ones that are edible? What to do?
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Originally Posted by Jonesy23 View Post
Has anyone ever ate one? Curious how they taste compared to other Grouper.
I suspect the big ones taste a lot like ciguatera toxin.

I’ll pass.
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I don't know how FWC can make a decision on this.They are federally protected. Never happen IMO. I have eaten many in the day.
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They taste as good or better than other grouper. Very white and the jaw meat looks like a huge scallop about the size of a big filet mignon steak. I remember eating them back in the 80's when I was a teenager. I always thought they tasted better than other grouper.

Everyone said the same about gators when harvesting started here in FL, but there seems to be a lot of people that like to eat them, including me. IMO, a tag system would be great for a limited harvest.
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Originally Posted by Sneaky Snooker View Post
I don't know how FWC can make a decision on this.They are federally protected. Never happen IMO. I have eaten many in the day.
So are alligators​, and a limited harvest seems to be helping to control the population here in FL. IMO, they need to kill more. They are still all over the place around here.
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I don't see this happening as they are a poster child.
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