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Haemulon parra

Managed by:

SAFMC


Physical description:

Silvery, the edges of the scales narrowly brown, the centers on upper half of body with a spot which may vary in color from yellow through bronze to dark brown (forming oblique dotted lines following scale rows)


Biological description:

In the Western Atlantic, found in Bahamas, Florida (USA). Inhabits shallow coastal reefs, the young on seagrass beds, adults in schools in relatively open areas; Rare at oceanic islands; Feeds at night on mollusks and small fishes.


South Atlantic Federal Regulations

Commercial:

  • Size Limit: None
  • Trip Limit: None; Limited access permit required
  • Regulatory Remarks:
    • 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:

  • Size Limit: None
  • Bag Limit: Included in the 20 Fish Aggregate Bag Limit of 20 fish per person/day
  • Regulatory Remarks:
      • Included in the 20 Fish Aggregate Bag Limit - There is an aggregate bag limit of 20 fish per person inclusive of all fish in the snapper grouper complex currently not under a bag limit. A fisherman may catch their bag limits and additionally retain up to 20 other fish for which there is no bag limit, including this species.
      • 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 currentĀ information on Recreational ACLs from NOAA Fisheries.
  • Additional Updates: