Red Porgy

Red Porgy

Pagrus pagrus

AKA:

Pinky, Pink Porgy, Rose Porgy, Strawberry Porgy

Managed by:

SAFMC


Physical description:

The only American porgy with a rear nostril that is round (not slit-like); head and body silvery red, with many tiny blue spots.


Biological description:

Found in deeper part of continental shelf, but young occur in water as shallow as 18 m (60 ft.).


South Atlantic Federal Regulations

Commercial:

  • OPEN, effective May 1, 2017.
  • Size Limit: 14-inch total length
  • Trip Limit: 120 fish per trip, May through December.
  • Regulatory Remarks:
    • Annual closure for commercial harvest January through April each year.
    • 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 degrees 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:

  • OPEN
  • Size Limit: 14-inch total length
  • Trip Limit: 3 per person/day (or 3 per person/trip, whichever is more restrictive)
  • Regulatory Remarks:
    • 3 red porgy per person/day or 3 per/person/trip, whichever is more restrictive
    • 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 degrees N. latitude.
    • The sale of bag-limit caught snapper grouper species is prohibited.
    • Annual Catch Limit (ACL) - This species is managed under an ACL. See current information on Recreational ACLs from NOAA Fisheries.
  • Additional Updates: