Goliath Grouper… Gentle Giants of the Reef – Tim Grollimund Photography

Goliath Grouper… Gentle Giants of the Reef


This is the fourth ebook in the Marine Life Series.

Itʼs common knowledge that Goliath groupers were nearly wiped out by overfishing up through the 1980s. Even though Goliath groupers have staged a comeback - estimates are about 35 percent compared to earlier populations - the benchmark figures are inaccurate. The stock is nowhere near historical levels, based on research. Another comment I saw berated Goliath groupers for decimating other fish populations. Not true - about seventy percent of their diet is composed of crabs and other crustaceans. Where there are Goliath groupers, a native species, other fish populations also tend to be more diverse. They complement each othersʼ existence, not decimate it. Harmony, not havoc.

About the author

Tim Grollimund

Tim is based in Key Largo, Florida. He wrote the scuba diving column for the local newspaper, The Reporter, for over three years, and also served as a Working Group member and Alternate Representative on the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council. His ebooks are all based on his newspaper columns. Each ebook has a collection of underwater images shot by Tim. The ebooks cover a wide range of marine life species and ocean conservation topics.

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