Nassau Grouper

Nassau Grouper

Nassau Grouper

Epinephelus striatus

Managed by:

SAFMC


Physical 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.


Biological description:

Range limited to south Florida; somewhat site specific; smaller individuals NEARSHORE, adults OFFSHORE on rocky reefs. Forms large spawning aggregations, making this species highly vulnerable to over-harvest. NOTE: all harvest of this species is prohibited.

CLOSED TO HARVEST OR POSSESSION IN THE SOUTH ATLANTIC EEZ (FEDERAL WATERS) SINCE 1992.; Note: Nassau grouper must be released by cutting the line and NOT removed from the water.


South Atlantic Federal Regulations

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
  • Bag Limit: Closed to possession or harvest
  • Regulatory Remarks: Closed to possession or harvest
  • Additional Updates: