Coney

Coney

Cephalopholis fulva

Managed by:

SAFMC


Physical description:

The Coney's body has beautiful red fins; many small blue spots edged with black line scattered on the body; dorsal edge of caudal peduncle with 2 prominent black spots; and a pair of black blotches on the tip of the lower jaw.


Biological description:

Found in Western Atlantic: South Carolina; from Bermuda to Southern Brazil. Prefers coral reefs and clear waters. Common in shallow water, but usually hides in caves or under ledges during the day. These large fish are predators, feeding mostly on crustaceans and small fish, also may follow morays and snake eels to feed.


South Atlantic Federal Regulations

Commercial:

  • CLOSED, effective January 1, 2017. The fishery will reopen on May 1, 2017.
  • Size Limit: None
  • Trip Limit: No trip limit.
  • Regulatory Remarks:
    • Annual Shallow-water Grouper Spawning Season Closure January 1 through April 30. Prohibition on recreational and commercial harvest or possession of: gag, black grouper, red grouper, scamp, red hind, rock hind, coney, graysby, yellowfin grouper, and yellowmouth grouper.
    • All species must be landed with head and fins intact.
    • Recreational and commercial fishermen are required to use dehooking tools when fishing for snapper grouper species.
    • The use of non-stainless steel circle hooks (offset or non-offset) is required for all species in the snapper grouper complex when using hook-and-line gear with natural baits in waters North of 28 degress N. latitude.
    • After the commercial quota is met, all purchase and sale is prohibited and harvest and/or possession is limited to the recreational bag limit. This prohibition does not apply to fish harvested, landed, and sold prior to the quota being reached and held in cold storage by a dealer. Quotas are given in gutted weights.
    • Commercial snapper grouper vessels must have onboard NMFS approved sea turtle release gear and follow smalltooth sawfish release protocol. See the Handling and Release Protocol from NOAA Fisheries or call 727-824-5312.
    • Annual Catch Limit (ACL) - This species is managed under an ACL. See current information on Commercial ACLs (quotas) from NOAA Fisheries.
  • Additional Updates:

Recreational:

  • CLOSED, effective January 1, 2017. The fishery will reopen on May 1, 2017.
  • Size Limit: ​ ​ None
  • Bag Limit: ​Included in the Aggregate Grouper Bag Limit of 3 grouper per person/day
  • Regulatory Remarks:
    • Annual Shallow-water Grouper Spawning Season Closure January 1 through April 30. Prohibition on recreational and commercial harvest or possession of: gag, black grouper, red grouper, scamp, red hind, rock hind, coney, graysby, yellowfin grouper, and yellowmouth grouper.
    • All species must be landed with head and fins intact.
    • Recreational and commercial fishermen are required to use dehooking tools when fishing for snapper grouper species.
    • The use of non-stainless steel circle hooks (offset or non-offset) is required for all species in the snapper grouper complex when using hook-and-line gear with natural baits in waters North of 28 degress N. latitude.
    • Included in Aggregate Grouper bag limit of 3 groupers per person/day.
    • Annual Catch Limit (ACL) – This species is managed under an ACL. See current information on Recreational ACLs from NOAA Fisheries.
  • Additional Updates: