Cottonwick Regulations

Cottonwick

Cottonwick

Haemulon melanurum

Managed by:

SAFMC


Physical description:

Broad black area above line from dorsal fin origin to tip of lower caudal fin lobe, including upper part of caudal peduncle and both lobes of tail. Striking colored species, with a silvery body, black back and tail.With narrow yellow stripes, the broadest mid-lateral.


Biological description:

In the Western Atlantic, found in Bermuda, southeastern Florida (USA), and the Bahamas to Brazil. Inhabits clear inshore and offshore reefs and adjacent grass beds, often in schools. Feeds on crustaceans.


South Atlantic Federal Regulations

This species is designated as an "Ecosystem Component Species" and is not subject to management measures but is included in the Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Unit.  Permitting, gear, and other regulations (i.e., landing intact) apply.