Captain Perry Harvey took day-trip visitors to Beaver Cay (Mission Beach, Dunk Island region) for many years. With luck his deckhands would catch a mackerel on the way out – food for the pair of Giant Queensland Groper would would take up residence for several months each year.
The younger groper had sustained a boat propeller injury which had healed well.
Perry Harvey would hand-feed the large fish to the groper, right on the surface. It was a treat for the thousands of visitors who saw this over many years.
Further north at the now internationally known The Cod Hole a family of potato cod make friends with diving visitors – only because they are being offered food by the guides.
Potato cod are not Queensland groper.
It’s an example of how attitudes toward fish have changed. Live fish are worth considerably more than speared and dead ones.
In Taiwan the aquaculture people are testing the breeding of giant groper. These fish mature rapidly to “plate-sized” and may be ideal as breeders for this purpose.
A further example that a live Giant Groper is today far more valuable than a dead one.