Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Florida Is Thinking About Lifting The Ban On Harvesting The Goliath Grouper


The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is holding a virtual meeting next week where it will consider lifting the ban on harvesting the Goliath Grouper.

The meeting will take place on May 12th-13th, 2021 starting at 9:00 AM Eastern time on May 12th.

The commission’s meeting will include a review and update on the Goliath Grouper, with the stated purpose being to allow a “limited, highly regulated” harvest.

Needless to say, the Diving Equipment and Marketing Association doesn’t want this to happen.

“DEMA favors continuing the current moratorium on harvesting the Goliath Grouper.”

On behalf of the industry, DEMA said it has submitted comments to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission Chair and Commissioners regarding the proposed lifting of the moratorium on harvesting the Goliath Grouper in State waters.

DEMA is encouraging public comments from the diving community — both from dive pros as well as recreational divers — to oppose opening this fishery to any harvest.

You can find more info on this on DEMA’s website at

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.