South Atlantic Fishery Management Council

Grouper, Coney

Grouper, Coney

Grouper, Coney

Cephalopholis fulva
Recreational
All areas are open for recreational fishing.
Commercial
All areas are open for commercial fishing.

The Coney’s body and fins are a beautiful red color with many small blue spots edged with black scattered on the body. The dorsal edge of caudal peduncle has 2 prominent black spots; and a pair of black blotches on the tip of the lower jaw. Found in Western Atlantic: South Carolina; from Bermuda to Southern Brazil, coney prefers coral reefs and clear waters. Common in shallow water, they usually hide 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.”

Regulations

NC, SC, GA, FL

  • Season is currently open.
  • Season Closed: January 01, 2022 – April 30, 2022
  • Season Closed: January 01, 2023 – April 30, 2023
  • 3 Aggregate Limit
  • 3 Bag Limit
  • Notes: No minimum size limit.

    A descending device is required on board all vessels fishing for or possessing snapper and grouper species in federal waters of the South Atlantic. The descending device must be readily available for use and attached to at least 16 ounces of weight and at least 60 feet of line. Get more information at Best Fishing Practices Webpage

    Must be landed with head and fins intact.

    If you are bringing fish back to the U.S. from the Bahamas by water, please see Bringing fish back from the Bahamas.

    ———- Federally Permitted Charter/Headboats:

    -If a federally permitted vessel fishing in federal waters catches a species that is closed to harvest in federal waters, the vessel is not allowed to retain that fish.

    -If a federally permitted vessel fishing in state waters catches a species that is closed to harvest in federal waters but open in state waters, the vessel is not allowed to retain that species.

    -If a federally permitted vessel fishing in federal waters catches a species that is closed to harvest in state waters but open to harvest in federal waters, they may retain that fish if they do not stop to fish in state waters when returning to port. All gear must be stowed.

    For more information, see: SAFMC Coney Regulations

    To see commercial regulations, download Fish Rules Commercial App for iOS devices or Android devices.

  • Gear Description: Allowable gear includes vertical hook-and-line, including hand line and bandit gear, and spearfishing gear without rebreathers. When fishing for or possessing snapper grouper species in federal waters of the South Atlantic, the following regulations apply: (1) Use of a dehooking tool is required. (2) The use of non-stainless steel hooks is required when using hook-and-line gear with natural baits. In waters North of 28-degrees N. latitude, the use of non-offset, non-stainless steel circle hooks is required when fishing for snapper grouper species using hook-and-line gear with natural baits. (3) A descending device is required on board all vessels and must be readily available for use (attached to at least 16 ounces of weight and at least 60 feet of line). See below for more details.

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