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Tang, Ocean Surgeon

Scientific name: Acanthurus bahianus Castelnau, 1855

Common name: Ocean Surgeonfish or Ocean Tang

Species Codes for Trip Ticket Reporting:
Food and Bait Code: 279 - Surgeonfish
Marine Life Code: 671 - Tang, ocean surgeon

License and Endorsements Required for Commercial Harvest:
SPL - Saltwater Products License
RS - Restricted Species Endorsement
ML - Marine Life Endorsement

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


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