|Published:||Dec 25, 2013 3:38 PM EST|
|Updated:||Dec 25, 2013 3:38 PM EST|
KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) - Regulations on fishing for Goliath grouper and other species in Florida waters will be discussed at an upcoming conference in the Florida Keys.
State and federal fishery experts are set to meet early next month in Key Largo to consider streamlining the regulations for fishing in South Florida.
An update on Goliath grouper populations is expected at the meeting. A ban on harvesting Goliath grouper has been in place since 1990, but fishermen say the fish's population has rebounded.
The executive director of the federal South Atlantic Fishery Management Council tells The Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/1bqxrOA ) that there's a lot of interest in reopening the Goliath grouper fishery.
However, many biologists worry that allowing even limited harvests of the slow-growing fish could reverse the benefits of conservation efforts.