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Today we wrapped up our surveys for the 2011 Great Goliath Grouper Count in Collier County. Our team split up into two groups to sample three sites each. My group hit the Santa Lucia, 100 Foot Barge, and the Doctors Pass 4.5 Mile Reef. It was a lot windier today than yesterday, and the visibility wasn't great. We had about 20 feet at the 100 Foot Barge, and only about 10 feet at the other two sites, which are closer to shore. Our numbers seemed a little bit down from last year's count at these sites, but I think the poorer visibility played a major factor. The other group went further south and surveyed the Kidd, the Caxambas 9 Mile Reef, and the Caxambas 5 Mile Reef. It sounds like their visibility was a little better than ours as well as their numbers. At the Kidd wreck, they counted fifteen goliath grouper. The most we had at any one of our sites was nine fish (Santa Lucia). I still have to tally up all of our numbers, but will let you know when I'm done. Enjoy the pictures.
Collier County Sea Grant Agent
Bryan Fluech is the Florida Sea Grant Extension Agent for Collier County. His responsibilities include planning, developing, implementing and evaluating comprehensive marine and natural resource educational programs that focus on marine fisheries,seafood safety and sustainability, environmental stewardship, and marine education. Bryan conducts issue-based educational programs through workshops, conferences, publications and electronic media for various audiences that are associated with the recreational and commercial fishing sector, including fishing groups, marine and coastal resource users, marine management agencies, public and private organizations, youth groups and educational institutions.