Goliath Grouper harvesting in state waters

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is polling Floridians about harvesting Goliath Grouper in state waters.

Thursday, officials with FWC held a workshop at Florida State University Panama City to get the opinions of locals. They've visited areas in the Keys and the southern part of the Atlantic.

Officials say so far, some near the southern part of the Atlantic don't seem to want to see the harvest.

However, people in the Gulf have a different view.

"I would say there are more people that are in favor of harvest. I would say that the population is higher and in different locations and interacting with people differently on the Gulf Coast," Jessica McCawley, Director of the Division of Marine Fisheries Management said.

Once they tally the results they will present the findings to FWC in December.