Nassau Grouper Fishing Information
illustrations: Diane Rome Peebles
Description: color light background with brown or red-brown
bars on sides; stripe in shape of tuning fork on forehead;
third spine of dorsal longer than second; pelvic fins
shorter than pectorals; lack dots around the eyes;
large black saddle on caudal peduncle.
Similar fish: red grouper, E. morio.
Where found: range limited to south Florida;
somewhat site specific; smaller individuals NEARSHORE,
adults OFFSHORE on rocky reefs.
Size: most catches under 10 pounds.
Remarks: forms large spawning aggregations, making this species highly vulnerable to over-harvest.
NOTE: all harvest of this species is prohibited.