Goliath GrouperGeneral Information

Goliath grouper is the largest of the western north Atlantic groupers. This giant can reach 800 pounds (455 kg) and over 8 feet (2 meters) in length. The Florida record is a 680-pound goliath grouper caught off Fernandina Beach in 1961. For further details on goliath grouper, go to the General Information page.

Stock Assessment Research

The FWC and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) have been discussing data needs for goliath grouper to better assess the health of the population. Changes to harvest rules are not expected to occur in the near future while scientists assess the available and needed information. More details on this issue can be found at the Stock Assessment Research page.

Catching and Releasing Goliath Grouper

Goliath grouper are a prohibited species; therefore the species receives greater protection to ensure its continued health. FWC rules stipulate that harvest and possession of goliath grouper is prohibited. Goliath grouper that are caught but immediately returned to the water free, alive and unharmed are not harvested. Further details on this issue can be found on the Goliath Grouper Catch and Release page.

Goliath Grouper Reports and Research Papers

Goliath grouper reports and publications are available from the Papers and Reports page.

More Goliath Grouper Information

Goliath Grouper Conservation
Report Goliath Grouper Sightings Not a Mobile-Enabled Link
Goliath Grouper Identification Not a Mobile-Enabled Link
Florida Museum of Natural History Ichthyology Department External Website

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