Ban On Harvesting Goliath Grouper Is Revisited
"We've talked for years about trying to coordinate regulations in Florida. This is part of that," Mahood said. "If you drive down U.S. 1 in the Keys, you might legally catch a snapper on one side of a bridge," he said. "But if you take it across the road to your car, you may be breaking the law." The two federal councils and the FWC formed the Joint Council on South Florida Management Issues, which meets at the Hilton Key Largo. Five council members or staff members who serve on the South Florida committee also sit on the Goliath Grouper Joint Council Steering Committee, which holds a meeting during the Key Largo trip. John Sanchez, a former Florida Keys commercial fishing executive, represents the Gulf Council on both committees. "There's been a lot of interest, especially from the gulf side where they're seeing more [Goliath grouper], in reopening that fishery," Mahood said. It has been nearly a quarter of a century since a ban on legally harvesting a Goliath grouper then known as a jewfish was enacted in 1990.
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