South Atlantic Fishery Management Council

Grunt, Cottonwick

Grunt, Cottonwick

Haemulon melanurum
All areas are open for recreational fishing.
All areas are open for commercial fishing.

Cottonwick grunt are considered an Ecosystem Component species. Ecosystem Component species are species that do not require conservation and management under a federal fishery management plan but are included in order to achieve ecosystem management objectives.

Broad black area above line from dorsal-fin origin to tip of lower caudal fin lobe, including the 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.

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.



  • Season is currently open.
  • Notes: This species is not subject to any federal management measures (e.g., federal regulations).If you are bringing fish back to the U.S. from the Bahamas by water, please see Bringing fish back from the Bahamas.

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