Goliath Grouper

Goliath Grouper

Goliath Grouper

Epinephelus itajara

Managed by:

SAFMC


Physical description:

The largest of the groupers, weighing up to 750 pounds. Head and fins covered with small black spots; irregular dark vertical bars present on the sides of body; pectoral and caudal fin rounded; first dorsal fin shorter than and not separated from second dorsal; adults huge, up to 800 pounds; eyes small.


Biological description:

Found nearshore around docks, in deep holes, and on ledges; young often occur in estuaries, especially around oyster bars; more abundant in southern Florida than in northern waters. Spawns over summer months; lifespan of 30 to 50 years; feeds on crustaceans and fish. CLOSED TO HARVEST OR POSSESSION IN THE SOUTH ATLANTIC EEZ (FEDERAL WATERS) SINCE 1990.

Note: Goliath grouper must be released by cutting the line and NOT removed from the water. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has provided additional guidelines on release techniques for Goliath grouper.


South Atlantic Federal Regulations

CLOSED TO HARVEST OR POSSESSION IN THE SOUTH ATLANTIC EEZ (FEDERAL WATERS) SINCE 1990.

Note: Goliath grouper and Nassau grouper must be released by cutting the line and NOT removed from the water. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has provided additional guidelines on release techniques for Goliath grouper. Click here to download a PDF version of the guidelines.

Commercial:

  • Size Limit: Closed to possession or harvest
  • Trip Limit: Closed to possession or harvest
  • Regulatory Remarks: Closed to possession or harvest.
  • Additional Updates:

Recreational:

  • Size Limit: Closed to possession or harvest
  • Trip Limit: Closed to possession or harvest
  • Regulatory Remarks: Closed to possession or harvest.
  • Additional Updates: