Coney Regulations

Coney

Coney

Cephalopholis fulva

Managed by:

SAFMC


Physical description:

The Coney's body has beautiful red fins; many small blue spots edged with black line scattered on the body; dorsal edge of caudal peduncle with 2 prominent black spots; and a pair of black blotches on the tip of the lower jaw.


Biological description:

Found in Western Atlantic: South Carolina; from Bermuda to Southern Brazil. Prefers coral reefs and clear waters. Common in shallow water, but usually hides in caves or under ledges during the day. These large fish are predators, feeding mostly on crustaceans and small fish, also may follow morays and snake eels to feed.


South Atlantic Federal Regulations

Commercial:

  • CLOSED
  • Minimum Size Limit: None
  • Trip Limit: No trip limit
  • Limited access permit required
  • Included in the Shallow Water Grouper Complex (red hind, rock hind, coney, graysby, yellowfin grouper, yellowmouth grouper)
  • Spawning Season Closure:January 1 - April 30
  • Regulatory Remarks:
    • Annual Shallow-water Grouper Spawning Season Closure January 1 through April 30. Prohibition on recreational and commercial harvest or possession of: gag, black grouper, red grouper, scamp, red hind, rock hind, coney, graysby, yellowfin grouper, and yellowmouth grouper.
    • 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 annual catch limit for the Shallow Water Grouper Complex is met, all purchase and sale is prohibited and harvest and/or possession is limited to the recreational bag limit (while recreational harvest is open). This prohibition does not apply to fish harvested, landed, and sold prior to the annual catch limit being reached and held in cold storage by a dealer.
    • Charter/Headboat and Commercial snapper grouper vessels must have onboard NMFS approved sea turtle release gear and follow smalltooth sawfish release protocol. Click here to learn moreor call 727-824-5312.
    • Annual Catch Limit (ACL) - This species is managed under an ACL (Shallow Water Grouper). See current information on Commercial ACLs (quotas)from NOAA Fisheries.
    • Allowable Gear:
      • Vertical hook-and-line including hand-held hook-and-line and bandit gear. Spearfishing gear without rebreathers.
      • Powerheads, except where expressly prohibited in Special Management Zones (SMZs) and in the EEZ off South Carolina.

Recreational:

  • CLOSED
  • Minimum Size Limit: ​ ​ None
  • Bag Limit: ​Included in the Aggregate Grouper Bag Limit of 3 grouper per person/day
  • Spawning Season Closure: January 1 - April 30
  • Regulatory Remarks:
    • Annual Shallow-water Grouper Spawning Season Closure January 1 through April 30. Prohibition on recreational and commercial harvest or possession of: gag, black grouper, red grouper, scamp, red hind, rock hind, coney, graysby, yellowfin grouper, and yellowmouth grouper.
    • 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.
    • Included in Aggregate Grouper bag limit of 3 groupers per person/day.
    • Charter/Headboat and Commercial snapper grouper vessels must have onboard NMFS approved sea turtle release gear and follow smalltooth sawfish release protocol. Click here to learn more or call 727-824-5312.
    • Annual Catch Limit (ACL) – This species is managed under an ACL. See current information on Recreational ACLs from NOAA Fisheries.