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Zach Thomas

800-pound goliath grouper puts divers and fishermen at odds

800-pound goliath grouper puts divers and fishermen at odds

It’s a fish that can reach the size of a grizzly bear, and it’s loved by divers and despised by many fishermen.

The goliath grouper, capable of growing to 800 pounds, bobs around the reefs and swallows the occasional crab or passing fish. As fishermen tell it, these marine blimps hover in wait of easy meals, parking themselves next to fishing boats and snatching someone else’s hard-won catch off the line.

Now, after years of pressure from...

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