Warsaw Grouper

Warsaw Grouper

Warsaw Grouper

Epinephelus nigritus

AKA:

Jewfish (misnomer), Black Jewfish, Warsaw

Managed by:

SAFMC


Physical description:

The warsaw grouper is the only member of the genus Epinephelous that has 10 dorsal spines, the second of which is much longer than the third. The color is a grayish brown to dark reddish-brown background with numerous small, irregular white blotches on the sides. The color appears much lighter around the nape and along the posterior margin of the operculum. All of the fins are dark brown, except the white-splotched spiny portion of the dorsal fin. The young are characterized by a yellow caudal fin; dark saddle on caudal peduncle; and some whitish spots on body.


Biological description:

The warsaw grouper has a wider distribution along the southern United States than the other large grouper, the goliath grouper ( E. itajara). Warsaw range from North Carolina to the Florida Keys and throughout much of the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico to the northern coast of South America. The species inhabits irregular bottom, notches, valleys, and drop-offs, occuring in the continental shelf break in waters 350 to 650 feet deep. Other species inhabiting this productive deep-water zone are snowy and yellowedge groupers, tilefish, and silk snappers. Warsaw are long-lived, reaching up to 6 feet and over 300 pounds. The warsaw's huge mouth enables it to engulf prey whole after capturing it.


South Atlantic Federal Regulations

Commercial:

  • Size Limit: Harvest and possession is prohibited in federal waters.
  • Trip Limit: Harvest and possession is prohibited in federal waters.
  • Regulatory Remarks: Harvest and possession is prohibited in federal waters.
  • Additional Updates:

Recreational:

  • Size Limit: Harvest and possession is prohibited in federal waters.
  • Bag Limit: Harvest and possession is prohibited in federal waters.
  • Regulatory Remarks: Harvest and possession is prohibited in federal waters.
  • Additional Updates: