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The goliath grouper can be found in the Atlantic Ocean from Brazil north through the Caribbean, with a center of abundance in Southwest Florida and in the Florida Keys. This nearshore inhabitant can frequently be found skulking around shipwrecks, ledges, docks, deep holes, and reefs. These giants of the sea truly earn their names, as they once grew to more than 8 feet long, 50 years old, and 1,000 pounds. Excessive commercial and recreational harvest of these behemoth groupers through the 1980s reduced the size they are commonly seen at now-450 pounds and only 6-10 years old. Unusual curiosity for a grouper species makes this particular organism incredibly vulnerable to spearfishing, but has also made the goliath grouper a favorite of divers. Based on concerns about the dwindling population size, the U.S. federal government closed the commercial and recreational fishery for this species.
Information provided by The Ocean Conservancy. To learn more about its work advocating for wild, healthy oceans, please visit www.oceanconservancy.org