Grouper, Nassau

Shape

Synonyms

Epinephelus striatus

Edibility

Excellent, but large individuals may contain ciguatera toxin and elevated mercury levels.

Regulations

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  • Gear Reef Fish Gear

  • Additional Notes
    Closed to possession or harvest.
    Must be released immediately with minimum harm (cutting the line, do NOT remove fish from water). 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

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    Commercial regulations for South Atlantic Federal Waters
    CLOSED TO POSSESSION OR HARVEST
    For more information, see: Nassau Grouper Commercial Regulations
    Commercial fishermen are required to use dehooking tools when fishing for snapper grouper species. 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. The use of non-stainless steel hooks is required when using hook-and-line gear with natural baits. The use of non-offset, non-stainless steel circle hooks 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.

  • Additional Notes
    Closed to possession or harvest.
    Must be released immediately with minimum harm (cut the line, do NOT remove fish from water).

  • Additional Notes
    No person may fish for or possess Nassau grouper. If caught, Nassau grouper must be released immediately with a minimum of harm.

  • Gear Dehooking Required

  • Additional Notes
    Possession prohibited. If caught must be released by cutting the line and not removing the fish from the water.

  • Additional Notes
    If a Nassau Grouper is caught, it must be released unharmed immediately.

  • Vessel Limit 20

  • Gear Hook and Line Only

  • Aggregate Information Name: Demersal Limit: 20

  • Closed Seasons from December 1st, 2019 to February 29th, 2020

  • Additional Notes
    Nassau Grouper must weigh at least 3 lbs. Sportfishing Vessel limit for demersal fish is 20 fish or 60 pounds of fish. Closed season for Nassau Grouper is December 1 through February 28, annually. All other grouper (not Nassau Grouper) landed between Dec 1 and Feb 28 must have head, tail, and skin intact.

  • Gear Circle Hooks & Dehooking

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Aggregate Information Name: Grouper Limit: 1

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum or maximum size limit. No closed season.

  • Additional Notes
    Closed to possession or harvest.
    Must be released immediately with minimum harm (cut the line, do NOT remove fish from water).

  • Additional Notes
    Hunting, trapping, netting, capture, or removal of any fish, turtle, crawfish, conch, whelk, or any marine and/or fisheries resource is prohibited. You are within a National Park managed by the Bahamas National Trust. Please contact 242-393-11317 for more information.

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