Grouper, Goliath

Shape

Synonyms

n/a

Edibility

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

Regulations

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  • Gear Circle Hooks & Dehooking

  • Gigging Prohibited

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

    Commercial regulations for South Atlantic Federal Waters: CLOSED TO POSSESSION OR HARVEST.

    For more information, see: Goliath Grouper Commercial Regulations

  • Gigging Prohibited

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

  • Gear Dehooking Required

  • Gigging Prohibited

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

  • Gigging Prohibited

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

  • Gigging Prohibited

  • Additional Notes
    Goliath grouper is a protected species. FWC rules stipulate that harvest and posession of Goliath Grouper is prohibited. Goliath Grouper that are caught but immediately returned to the water free, alive and unharmed are not harvested. The taking of photographs after removal of hooks and posing for pictures with Goliath Grouper is not considered an immediately release of the fish. So, you should NOT remove a Goliath Grouper from the water to take pictures. If you want pictures, take them with the fish still in the water.

  • Gigging Prohibited

  • Additional Notes
    Catch and release only.

  • Gigging Prohibited

  • Additional Notes

  • Gear Circle Hooks & Dehooking

  • Gigging Prohibited

  • Vessel Limit 20

  • Gear Hook and Line Only

  • Aggregate Information Name: Demersal Limit: 20

  • Additional Notes
    Grouper (excluding Nassau grouper during closed season) and rockfish must weigh at least 3 lbs. Sportfishing Vessel limit for demersal fish is 20 fish or 60 pounds of fish. All other grouper landed between Dec 1 and Feb 28 must have head, tail, and skin intact.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Aggregate Information Name: Grouper Limit: 1

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

  • Gigging Prohibited

  • Additional Notes
    Goliath grouper is a protected species. FWC rules stipulate that harvest and posession of Goliath Grouper is prohibited. Goliath Grouper that are caught but immediately returned to the water free, alive and unharmed are not harvested. The taking of photographs after removal of hooks and posing for pictures with Goliath Grouper is not considered an immediately release of the fish. So, you should NOT remove a Goliath Grouper from the water to take pictures. If you want pictures, take them with the fish still in the water.

  • Gigging Prohibited

  • 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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