The Atlantic goliath groupers are known to steal fishermen's catch and be a nuisance. But is it OK to hunt them again?
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Overfishing in the 1970s and '80s nearly wiped out the enormous Atlantic goliath grouper from Florida's waters. Today the fish are making a comeback, and their numbers are causing a bit of trouble for some fishermen and boat captains. One documented example shows an opportunistic grouper stealing a catch from a spear fisherman and then dragging him along. Some are advocating an end to the goliath grouper harvesting ban that has been in place in Florida since 1990.
But are goliath groupers plentiful enough that they should be fished again? While the rebound is encouraging, marine researchers caution that any return to harvesting should be based on scientific evidence and monitored very carefully.
Watch: "Huge Fish Drags Fisherman Around After Stealing His Catch"
Read related article by Laura Parker: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/11/groupers-oceans-goliath-fishing/
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Some Say This Goliath Fish, Once Overfished, Is Now a Nuisance | National Geographic