Regulations by Species

Listed below are species commonly found in federal waters of the South Atlantic. Many are managed by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council and others are managed jointly with other Fishery Management Councils and Commissions or state fishery management agencies.
Click on the common name of each species to read a species profile that includes illustrations, biological characteristics, current regulations and/or contact information regarding the regulatory agency responsible for its management.
Common Name
Species Name
Managing Agency(s)
Harvest Status
Almaco Jack Seriola rivoliana SAFMC Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - OPEN
Atlantic Spadefish Chaetodipterus faber SAFMC Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - OPEN
Banded Rudderfish Seriola zonata SAFMC Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - OPEN
Bank Sea Bass Centropristis ocyurus SAFMC Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - OPEN
Bar Jack Caranx ruber SAFMC Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - OPEN
Blackfin Snappper Lutjanus buccanella SAFMC Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - OPEN
Black Grouper Mycteroperca bonaci SAFMC Commercial - CLOSED
Recreational - CLOSED
Black Margate Anisotremus surinamensis see state regulations Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - OPEN
Black Sea Bass Centropristis striata SAFMC Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - OPEN
Black Snapper Apsilus dentatus SAFMC Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - OPEN
Blue Runner Caranx crysos SAFMC Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - OPEN
Blueline Tilefish Caulolatilus microps SAFMC Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - CLOSED
Blue Stripe Grunt Haemulon sciurus see state regulations Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - OPEN
Cero Scomberomorus regalis SAFMC , GMFMC Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - OPEN
Cobia Rachycentron canadum SAFMC , GMFMC Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - CLOSED
Coney Epinephelus fulvus SAFMC Commercial - CLOSED
Recreational - CLOSED
Cottonwick Haemulon melanurum SAFMC Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - OPEN
Cubera Snapper Lutjanus cyanopterus SAFMC Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - OPEN
Dog Snapper Lutjanus jocu SAFMC Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - OPEN
Dolphin Fish Coryphaena hippurus SAFMC , GMFMC Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - OPEN
French Grunt Haemulon flavolineatum see state regulations Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - OPEN
Gag Grouper Mycteroperca microlepis SAFMC Commercial - CLOSED
Recreational - CLOSED
Golden Crab Chaceon fenneri SAFMC Commercial - OPEN
Golden Tilefish Lopholatilus chamaeleonticeps SAFMC Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - OPEN
Goliath Grouper Epinephelus itajara SAFMC NO HARVEST ALLOWED
Graysby Epinephelus cruentatus SAFMC Commercial - CLOSED
Recreational - CLOSED
Gray Snapper Lutjanus griseus SAFMC Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - OPEN
Gray Triggerfish Balistes capriscus SAFMC Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - OPEN
Greater Amberjack Seriola dumerili SAFMC Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - OPEN
Hogfish Lachnolaimus maximus SAFMC Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - OPEN
Jolthead Porgy Calamus bajonado SAFMC Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - OPEN
King Mackerel Scomberomorus cavalla SAFMC, GMFMC Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - OPEN
Knobbed Porgy Calamus nodosus SAFMC Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - OPEN
Lane Snapper Lutjanus synagris SAFMC Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - OPEN
Lesser Amberjack Seriola fasciata SAFMC Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - OPEN
Little Tunny Euthynnus alletteratus SAFMC , GMFMC Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - OPEN
Longspine Porgy Stenotomus caprinus SAFMC Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - OPEN
Mahogany Snapper Lutjanus mahogoni SAFMC Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - OPEN
Margate Haemulon album SAFMC Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - OPEN
Misty grouper Hyporthodus mystacinus SAFMC Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - OPEN
Mutton Snapper Lutjanus analis SAFMC Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - OPEN
Nassau Grouper Epinephelus striatus SAFMC NO HARVEST ALLOWED
Ocean Triggerfish Canthidermis sufflamen SAFMC Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - OPEN
Penaeid Shrimp Litopenaeus setiferus, Farfantepenaeus duorarum, Farfantepenaeus aztecus SAFMC Commercial - OPEN
Queen Snapper Etelis oculatus SAFMC Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - OPEN
Queen Triggerfish Balistes vetula see state regulations Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - OPEN
Red Grouper Epinephelus morio SAFMC Commercial - CLOSED
Recreational - CLOSED
Red Hind Epinephelus guttatus SAFMC Commercial - CLOSED
Recreational - CLOSED
Red Porgy Pagrus pagrus SAFMC Commercial - CLOSED
Recreational - OPEN
Red Snapper Lutjanus campechanus SAFMC NO HARVEST ALLOWED
Rock Hind Epinephelus adscensionis SAFMC Commercial - CLOSED
Recreational - CLOSED
Rock Sea Bass Centropristis philadelphica SAFMC Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - OPEN
Rock Shrimp Sicyonia brevirostris SAFMC Commercial - OPEN
Sailors Choice Haemulon parra SAFMC Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - OPEN
Sand tilefish Malacanthus plumieri SAFMC Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - OPEN
Saucereye Porgy Calamus calamus SAFMC Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - OPEN
Scamp Mycteroperca phenax SAFMC Commercial - CLOSED
Recreational - CLOSED
Schoolmaster Lutjanus apodus SAFMC Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - OPEN
Scup Stenotomus chrysops SAFMC Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - OPEN
Sheepshead Archosargus probatocephalus see state regulations Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - OPEN
Silk Snapper Lutjanus vivanus SAFMC Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - OPEN
Snowy grouper Hyporthodus niveatus SAFMC Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - CLOSED
Spanish Mackerel Scomberomorus maculatus SAFMC Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - OPEN
Speckled Hind Epinephelus drummondhayi SAFMC NO HARVEST ALLOWED
Spiny Lobster Panulirus argus SAFMC, GMFMC Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - OPEN
Tiger Grouper Mycteroperca tigris see state regulations Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - OPEN
Tomtate Haemulon aurolineatum SAFMC Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - OPEN
Vermilion Snapper Rhomboplites aurorubens SAFMC Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - OPEN
Wahoo Acanthocybium solanderi SAFMC Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - OPEN
Warsaw grouper Hyporthodus nigritus SAFMC NO HARVEST ALLOWED
Whitebone Porgy Calamus leucosteus SAFMC Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - OPEN
White Grunt Haemulon plumierii SAFMC Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - OPEN
yellowedge-grouper Yellowedge Grouper Hyporthodus flavolimbatus SAFMC Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - OPEN
Wreckfish Polyprion americanus SAFMC Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - CLOSED
Yellowfin grouper Mycteroperca venenosa SAFMC Commercial - CLOSED
Recreational - CLOSED
Yellowmouth Grouper Mycteroperca interstilitialis SAFMC Commercial - CLOSED
Recreational - CLOSED
Yellowtail Snapper Ocyrus chrysurus SAFMC Commercial - OPEN
Recreational - OPEN