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Coleman & Koenig in the News

Mercury on the Rise in Goliath Grouper

A new study led by former FSUCML graduate student Dr. Chris Malinowski (Dr. Felicia Coleman and Dr. Chris Koenig’s lab) investigates the health and reproductive consequences of mercury toxicity on Goliath Grouper (Epinephelus itajara). This newly published paper builds off of their two previous manuscripts: one on spatial mercury patterns in Goliath Grouper off the coasts of Florida (2019) and the other a baseline health assessment of Goliath Grouper (2020).

Atlantic Goliath Grouper: To Fish or Not to Fish

Read the recent Fisheries article by Koenig, Coleman, & Malinowski about the drawbacks of re-establishing a fishery for the threatened Atlantic Goliath Grouper, including: the loss of nursery habitat, increasingly destructive episodic red tide and cold snap events that decimate juvenile populations, and the effects of mercury contamination on survival. Add to this the human health risk of consuming these mercury-contaminated fishes, and the argument supporting the fishery evaporates.

Florida universities offer a place for the studious angler to pursue a passion for fish

Florida Sportsman Magazine highlights programs at Florida universities, including the reef fish and habitat research of FSUCML director, Dr. Felicia Coleman, and FSUCML faculty, Dr. Chirs Koenig, and how the two have used their research findings to influence the policy arena.

Researchers remind policy makers that fish don't obey political boundaries

Environmental management practices, very important for many fish species, including gag grouper, often don’t extend past political boundaries. Dr. Nathaniel K. Jue, assistant professor in the Department of Science & Environmental Policy at California State University at Monterey Bay and a former FSUCML graduate student, and Dr. Felicia Coleman, FSUCML Director, Dr. Chris Koenig, FSUCML Faculty, and Dr. Thierry Brule, Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute in Merida, Mexico examined the genetic patterns of gag grouper and determined that populations in the Gulf of Mexico, both off the coast of Florida and near the Campeche Bank off Mexico, rely on each other for further reproduction. Their research, published in the journal PLOS One, has public policy implications, highlighting that biological systems transcend political boundaries and current management practices need to be developed in coordination with other countries in order to protect grouper and other species living in the Gulf.