save the goliath grouper, mission blue

Mission Blue is rallying all ocean warriors to protect Florida’s Goliath Grouper. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is considering allowing the harvest of Goliath Groupers. This could mean that 400 grouper would be killed over 4 years, essentially killing the existing breeding stock. It doesn’t matter where you live:  Please take a moment to tell the FWC to continue the protection of these gentle giants, at this link. Feel free to use the language below as your comment. (photo – Mission Blue)


RandyMoore-goliath-grouper-510x382 - Copy“I am disappointed to learn the FWC is considering allowing harvest of goliath groupers. Many countries look up to the United States as a leader in so many fields, including conservation, and here we are about to permit fishermen to take goliaths—a species depleted throughout its range, except Florida—and nursed back to healthy numbers over the course of 27 years of Federal and state protection. 

We strongly urge you to maintain protections for goliath groupers in Florida and to deny any requests for opening the fishery. A policy such as this would represent the best interests of the wildlife and humans in Florida, as well as rest on conclusions drawn from the best available science.”  (photo – Randy Moore)


DEMA Supports Save the Goliath Grouper

The Diving Equipment & Marketing Association (Dema) supports continuing the moratorium on fishing the Goliath Grouper, given the uncertainty regarding the sustainability of its recovery.

DEMA is calling on all of us to take a survey on this issue. This data will assist the FWC in the formulation of goliath grouper management plans.  DEMA also encourages divers and dive pros to attend the upcoming FWC workshops. DEMA will submit the results of the survey to FWC prior to their workshops.


See these sources for additional info on Save the Goliath Grouper:

Goliath Grouper worth more alive than dead, here.
Mission blue articles here. petition here.

DEMA, the Diving Equipment & Marketing Association, is an international organization dedicated to the sustained growth of the recreational scuba diving and snorkeling industry. For more information onDEMA, call 858-616-6408 or visit

By Laurie Wilson, Blue Ocean Network


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