Thursday, November 30, 2023

Submit Your Goliath Grouper Comments To The Florida Wildlife Commission


In the wake of the recent online workshops about opening up the Florida population of Goliath Groupers to harvest, DEMA urges your action to help protect this vulnerable species.

There is no scientific evidence to support the idea that the grouper population has recovered sufficiently to allow this harvesting, even if it is in a limited way. The commission is scheduled to vote on this potential environmental disaster on March 2 and 3, 2022.

DEMA is asking members of the public to get involved by taking a couple of steps:

  • Submitting your comments to the commission asking for the fishing moratorium to be kept in place.
  • Attend the March meeting en mass to show the strength of feeling in the diving industry about this issue.

The importance of preventing this harvesting cannot be overstressed, and harvesting them will have a detrimental effect on the diving industry in Florida as a whole, according to DEMA.

You can find the FWC Goliath Grouper criteria here, plus DEMA’s comments that you are free to use here. You can email your comments directly to the commission here and here.

Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, and PADI Staff and Trimix Instructor. Diving for 28 years, a dive pro for 14, I have traveled extensively chasing my passion for diving. I am passionate about everything diving, with a keen interest in exploration, Sharks and big stuff, Photography and Decompression theory. Diving is definitely the one and only passion that has stayed with me my whole life! Sam is a Staff Writer for