FLORIDA (WKRG) — A fisherman in southwest Florida caught a 350-pound Warsaw grouper last month on Dec. 29.
Biologists from FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute’s (FWRI) Age & Growth Lab estimated the fish is 50 years old, making this the oldest sample collected for their aging program.
“Acquiring the otolith from this fish was extremely valuable as samples from larger and older fish are rare,” FWRI said in a Facebook post.
According to FWC, Warsaw grouper are characterized by an elongated dorsal spine and adults can typically be found at depths of 180 to 1,700 feet, while juveniles are occasionally seen around jetties and shallow-water reefs in the northern Gulf.
FWC does not encourage the targeting of Warsaw grouper since the status of the population in the Gulf is unknown.
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