Grouper, Yellowmouth

Shape

Synonyms

Mycteroperca interstitialis

Edibility

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

Regulations

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  • Bag Limit 4

  • Gear Circle Hooks & Dehooking

  • Aggregate Information Name: Grouper Limit: 4

  • Additional Notes
    No recreational minimum size limit.
    Closed Feb. 1 thru Mar. 31 when fishing beyond the 20-fathom break. -------------------
    Commercial Regulations
    No minimum size limit. For purposes of the IFQ, yellowmouth grouper are included as SWG. Grouper are managed under an IFQ program. Anyone commercially fishing for grouper or tilefish must possess IFQ allocation and follow established protocols.

  • Bag Limit 3

  • Measurements Min Size: 20 in Total Length

  • Gear Reef Fish Gear

  • Aggregate Information Name: Grouper Limit: 3

  • Closed Seasons from January 1st, 2021 to April 30th, 2021

  • Additional Notes
    Must be landed with head and fins intact. 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
    Regulatory Remarks:This species is part of the shallow water grouper spawning season closure: January 1 through April 30, except for red grouper harvested in federal waters off the coasts of North Carolina and South Carolina, which remain closed until June 1. Shallow-water Grouper:: gag, black grouper, red grouper, scamp, red hind, rock hind, coney, graysby, yellowfin grouper, and yellowmouth grouper.
    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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    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.

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    Commercial regulations for South Atlantic Federal Waters:
    OPEN
    Minimum Size: 20 inches total length
    Trip Limit: No trip limit.
    Spawning Season Closure: January 1 - April 30; Annual Shallow-water Grouper Spawning Season Closure January 1 through April 30, except for red grouper in federal waters off the coasts of North Carolina and South Carolina, which remain closed until June 1. 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.
    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.
    After the commercial quota is met, all purchase and sale is prohibited and harvest and/or possession is limited to the recreational bag limit. This prohibition does not apply to fish harvested, landed, and sold prior to the quota being reached and held in cold storage by a dealer. Quotas are given in gutted weights.
    Commercial snapper grouper vessels must have onboard NMFS approved sea turtle release gear and follow smalltooth sawfish release protocol. See the Handling and Release Protocol from NOAA Fisheries or call 727-824-5312.
    Limited access permit required.
    Annual Catch Limit (ACL) -This species is managed under an ACL. See current information on Commercial ACLs (quotas) from NOAA Fisheries.

    For more information, see: SAFMC Yellowmouth Grouper Commercial Regulations

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Aggregate Information Name: Grouper Limit: 1

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size limit.
    Aggregate limit = 1 grouper of any species per person.
    Any private recreational fishing vessel, charter boat or head boat, must obtain a Tilefish and Grouper Landing Permit, for that vessel, from the Marine Resources Commission in order to possess aboard, or land any tilefish or grouper, harvested recreationally.

  • 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 3

  • Measurements Min Size: 20 in Total Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks & Dehooking

  • Aggregate Information Name: Grouper Limit: 3

  • Closed Seasons from January 1st, 2020 to April 30th, 2020

  • License Required
    Eligible for NC Saltwater Fishing Tournament managed by Division of Marine Fisheries.

  • Additional Notes
    For seasons, bag limits, size limits, or closures contact South Atlantic Council (SAMFC) at 1-843-571-4366 or safmc.net and see the most recent FF-Snapper-Grouper recreational proclamation.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Aggregate Information Name: Grouper Limit: 1

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

  • Bag Limit 4

  • Gear Non-SS Circle Hook

  • Aggregate Information Name: Grouper Limit: 4

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size limit.

  • Bag Limit 4

  • Gear Circle Hooks

  • Aggregate Information Name: Grouper Limit: 4

  • Additional Notes
    Closed February 1 through March 31 when fishing beyond the 20-fathom break.

  • Bag Limit 3

  • Measurements Min Size: 20 in Total Length

  • Gear Dehooking Required

  • Aggregate Information Name: Grouper Limit: 3

  • Closed Seasons from January 1st, 2020 to April 30th, 2020

  • Bag Limit 4

  • Aggregate Information Name: Grouper Limit: 4

  • License Required
    Recreational Offshore Landing Permit

  • Additional Notes
    No size limit.
    A closed season for the recreational harvest of black, red, yellowfin and yellowmouth groupers as well as scamp has also been established from Feb. 1 - March 31 of each year sea- ward of the 20 fathom (120 feet) curve.

    Recreational anglers and charter captains are required to obtain a free Recreational Offshore Landing Permit to possess snapper, grouper, hind, tunas, billfish, swordfish, amberjacks, cobia, wahoo and dolphin. Anglers may register for or renew their permit at Recreational Offshore Landing Permit. Minors (under 16) are not required to obtain a recreational offshore landing permit. Angling customers on a paid-for-hire charter trip also do not need a permit.

  • Bag Limit 4

  • Measurements Min Size: 20 in Total Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks

  • Aggregate Information Name: Grouper Limit: 4

  • Additional Notes
    No closed season in Gulf state waters.

  • Bag Limit 3

  • Measurements Min Size: 20 in Total Length

  • Gear Dehooking

  • Aggregate Information Name: Grouper Limit: 3

  • Closed Seasons from January 1st, 2020 to April 30th, 2020

  • Bag Limit 4

  • Gear Circle Hooks & Dehooking

  • Aggregate Information Name: Grouper Limit: 4

  • Closed Seasons from February 1st, 2020 to March 31st, 2020

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size limit.

  • Bag Limit 3

  • Measurements Min Size: 20 in Total Length

  • Gear Dehooking and Venting

  • Aggregate Information Name: Grouper Limit: 3

  • Closed Seasons from January 1st, 2020 to April 30th, 2020

  • 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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