[Coral-List] The SCUBA diving community supports Goliath Grouper protection
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Sat Aug 12 17:48:58 EDT 2017
That's an interesting approach Matt. Ideas like that could make a
I think tagging en masse with today's technology would be too difficult,
others may know better.
Possibly the individuals could be photo-identified by their pattern of
spots, like the whale shark method.
Sarah, I think the photo on the Grouper Luna homepage, of 20+ grouper
milling about, could be counterproductive.
I guess it may be a spawning aggregation? (or they're being fed) but photos
like that may be used to support the
notion that grouper are overabundant.
On Sat, Aug 12, 2017 at 12:05 AM, Steve Mussman <sealab at earthlink.net>
> Dear Sarah,
> I've often been critical of the U.S. recreational scuba diving industry
> (represented by DEMA) when it comes to marine conservation issues, but
> perhaps their support for the continuation of a moratorium on Goliath
> Grouper harvesting in Florida signals the beginning of a change for the
> better. Most heartening was DEMA's expressed support for additional
> scientific research and the recognition that there is a need for accurate
> scientific data in the formulation of their position on issues like this
> going forward. Let's hope they continue the trend and begin to react more
> in concert with the established scientific consensus on other major threats
> to coral reefs and other marine ecosystems.
> Warm regards,
> Steve Mussman
> Sent from my iPad
> Sent from my iPad
> > On Aug 10, 2017, at 1:48 PM, Sarah Frias-Torres <
> sfrias_torres at hotmail.com> wrote:
> > To Coral-Listers interested in Goliath Groupers...
> > .... the plot thickens.
> > Now, the recreational SCUBA diving community asks FWC to continue
> protection of Goliath Groupers in Florida.
> > Here are two letters sent to FWC
> >> From the President and CEO of the Diving Equipment and Marketing
> Association (DEMA)
> > https://grouperluna.com/2017/08/10/dema-supports-science-
> > and from a husband and wife team of long-time Florida SCUBA divers
> > https://grouperluna.com/2017/08/04/scuba-divers-want-
> > Sarah Frias-Torres, Ph.D.
> > Twitter: @GrouperDoc
> > Blog: http://grouperluna.wordpress.com
> > http://independent.academia.edu/SarahFriasTorres
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