Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

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Goliath Grouper

Scientific name: Epinephelus itajara (Lichtenstein, 1822)

Common name: Goliath grouper (formerly known as Jewfish)

Commercially Prohibited Species
May not be commercially (or recreationally) harvested and/or sold in Florida.

* These are unofficial designations, please see Florida Administrative Code Chapter 68B for specifics, https://www.flrules.org/.


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FWC Facts:
White and brown shrimp depend on estuaries as nursery habitats, leaving when they reach 4-5 inches in length. This “shrimp run” occurs in late summer or early fall.

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