Museum of Discovery and Science Lecture Series: Sarah Frias-Torres "Diving with Goliath"
Date: 06/21/12 2:30pm - 06/21/12 3:00pm
Location: Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 SW 2nd St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

Sarah Frias-Torres

Goliath grouper, the largest grouper fish in the Atlantic Ocean, are critically endangered. Florida is the only place in the world where we can SCUBA dive and encounter goliath groupers regularly (from juveniles to adults in their spawning aggregations) due to a fishing moratorium started in 1990, after the groupers have been fished to near extinction. Today, Broward, Palm Beach and Martin Counties contain 95% of all the breeding sites known worldwide for this species. Join marine biologist Dr. Sarah Frias-Torres in a virtual dive to explore the fascinating behavior of these charismatic gentle giants. Dr. Frias-Torres shares a new idea, that goliath groupers are worth more money alive than dead. She argues that in addition to being the “fishing capital of the world” Florida can also become the “SCUBA diving capital of the world” for giant reef fish encounters, generating science-based sustainable economic opportunities.

Contact Name: Museum of Discovery and Science
Contact Phone: 954-467-6637

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