Posted by: reefrescue | September 23, 2012

Goliath Grouper Spawning Aggregation

They’re back!

Goliath Grouper spawning aggregations on Palm Beach County shipwrecks have become an annual August/September occurrence for the last several years as the Goliath’s recover from near extinction.

Over-fishing drastically reduced Goliath Grouper numbers until the State of Florida and the Federal government imposed fishing bans in 1990. Since that time, the year-round resident population of Goliath Groupers on the offshore reef ledges has increased and more recently seasonal spawning aggregation behaviors have begun to occur at nearby artificial reef sites.

Also see: Divers flock to see rebound of Goliath grouper:

 

Goliath aggregation in Boynton Beach:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKyPb6X3Rgc

Close encounter with a Goliath:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Rb2clXs2FU&feature=relmfu

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