[Coral-List] Suggestions Re: A Truth Too Big to Ignore
sfrias_torres at hotmail.com
Wed Jul 5 17:48:10 EDT 2017
Dennis & Coral-List,
A key suggestion is to visit Florida and go diving with the Goliath Groupers. The few spawning aggregation sites forming again are an extraordinary opportunity to connect with such charismatic gentle giants and an opportunity to travel back to a time when marine life was abundant in number and size.
Anybody interested in contributing to the dialogue about Goliath Groupers can provide comments to FWC.
My suggestion is that, based on scientific evidence, the ban on harvest must continue and the "limited take" should be rejected.
I'll be posting updates through my Twitter account and Grouper Luna blog (addresses at my signature) including ways to provide input. Also, scrolling down through my blog entries gives you background information on the species and related activities.
To contact FWC, choose one or several of the following:
1) send online comments at http://myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/rulemaking/comments/
Scroll down to Goliath Grouper
2) send your comments by email directly to FWC Commissioners
commissioners at myfwc.com
3) Attend, if possible, one of the public workshops and provide input
Sarah Frias-Torres, Ph.D.
From: Dennis Hubbard <dennis.hubbard at oberlin.edu>
Sent: Wednesday, July 5, 2017 2:31 PM
To: Sarah Frias-Torres
Cc: coral list
Subject: Re: [Coral-List] A Truth Too Big to Ignore
Thanks for your update. Do you have a suggestion for the listserve as a follow-up?
On Wed, Jul 5, 2017 at 11:46 AM, Sarah Frias-Torres <sfrias_torres at hotmail.com<mailto:sfrias_torres at hotmail.com>> wrote:
to Coral-Listers interested in Goliath Groupers
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has proposed to open a "limited take" on the critically endangered Goliath Grouper. This proposal is not supported by science.
The "limited take" will allow the killing of up to 400 Goliaths of breeding size over a 4-year period. If approved, this take will basically destroy the new spawning aggregations currently forming in east Florida. Such spawning aggregations were fished to extinction in the 1970s-1980s.
Here's an open letter to FWC I wrote in my blog on the issue of ignoring science when proposing the killing of endangered species and what it means for Goliath Groupers
Sarah Frias-Torres, Ph.D.
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