Yellowmouth Grouper Regulations

Yellowmouth Grouper

Yellowmouth Grouper

Mycteroperca interstilitialis

Managed by:

SAFMC


Physical description:

Color tan or brown with darker spots; spots, or a network of spots, fused into lines; distinct yellow wash behind the jaws; yellow around the eyes; outer edges of fins yellowish.


Biological description:

Found OFFSHORE over reefs and rocks; not as common as scamp in the Gulf; range limited to southern Florida. The species undergoes sex changes with young female individuals becoming male. Young fish are bi-colored, dark above, white below. The species feeds on small fish and crustaceans.


South Atlantic Federal Regulations

Commercial:

  • CLOSED
  • Minimum Size Limit: 20-inches total length
  • Trip Limit: No trip limit
  • Spawning Season Closure: January 1 - April 30
  • Limited access permit required
  • Included in the Shallow Water Grouper Complex (red hind, rock hind, coney, graysby, yellowfin grouper, yellowmouth grouper)
  • 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 Shallow Water Grouper Complex (red hind, rock hind, coney, graysby, yellowfin grouper, yellowmouth grouper) 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 Complex). 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: 20-inches total length
  • Bag Limit: Included in the Aggregate Grouper Bag Limit of 3 per person/day
  • Spawning Season Closure: January 1 - April 30
  • Regulatory Remarks:
    • Included in Aggregate Grouper bag limit of 3 groupers per person/day. Aggregate species include: gag, black, snowy, misty, red, scamp, yellowedge, yellowfin, yellowmouth grouper; blueline, sand, golden tilefish; coney, graysby, red hind and rock hind.
    • 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.
    • 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.