Why must circle hooks be used when fishing on charter boats out of Destin Florida?

+2 votes
asked Mar 17, 2017 in Saltwater Fishing by Rickthefisher (15 points)
Are there currently any coastal states that allow harvesting of goliath grouper.

2 Answers

+1 vote
answered Apr 20, 2017 by Sharkslaya (105 points)
It is currently not allowed, but the state of florida will likely pass a law to allow you to keep one per year. There are tremendous numbers of them on the reefs/ship wrecks. They are starting to eat up everything.
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answered Mar 18, 2017 by alwalchak (5 points)
Not in the US.  they are deemed critically endangered.  Slow growth, late reproduction, and over fishing led to the decline and the ban on harvest in 1990.  numbers have increased in FL where the mangrove nurseries are more prevalent.
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