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Some help please. Wreck grouper?

NOAA-EnforcementNOAA-Enforcement Panhandle of Florida (Niceville)Posts: 202 Moderator
I have worked the Northern Gulf of Mexico most of my 22 years with NOAA and was down on the docks today when a dealer asked me a question I could not answer.

Has anyone ever heard of a "Wreck Grouper"? He was not talking about Wreck Fish from Atlantic. Like I mentioned, he is a commercial dealer and tells me there is a grouper that some call a Wreck Grouper which is occasionally brought in from offshore/Gulf waters.

The link below is all I could find on the topic so far.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2404652663/
I appreciate any help.
My purpose on this site is to help everyone understand Federal Fishery Regulations and to provide information. Working with the Florida Sportsman is a collateral (volunteer) duty I asked for and enjoy; I will only give you an answer that I’m willing to put my name on and stand behind. Sometimes that means checking with other agents/offices in the area of concern.
Please Stay Safe And Have A Wonderful Day.
Special Agent Allan Coker
NOAA's Office For Fishery Law Enforcement

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  • Colonel KlinkColonel Klink Posts: 51 Greenhorn
    Pic on the link is of a black grouper. I have heard wreckfish called wreck grouper many times, and I have caught a few of them in the Gulf.
  • NOAA-EnforcementNOAA-Enforcement Panhandle of Florida (Niceville)Posts: 202 Moderator
    http://www.fishwatch.gov/seafood_profiles/species/wreckfish/species_pages/wreckfish.htm

    He mentioned it was a deep water fish with a prehistoric look. This fish fit the definition.

    Thanks
    My purpose on this site is to help everyone understand Federal Fishery Regulations and to provide information. Working with the Florida Sportsman is a collateral (volunteer) duty I asked for and enjoy; I will only give you an answer that I’m willing to put my name on and stand behind. Sometimes that means checking with other agents/offices in the area of concern.
    Please Stay Safe And Have A Wonderful Day.
    Special Agent Allan Coker
    NOAA's Office For Fishery Law Enforcement
  • NOAA-EnforcementNOAA-Enforcement Panhandle of Florida (Niceville)Posts: 202 Moderator
    I was sent this information from the Regional Office this morning.

    Just in case anyone catches one.

    Wreckfish is unregulated in the Gulf of Mexico, but is part of an Individual Fishing Quota program in the South Atlantic (see 50 CFR 622.15
    My purpose on this site is to help everyone understand Federal Fishery Regulations and to provide information. Working with the Florida Sportsman is a collateral (volunteer) duty I asked for and enjoy; I will only give you an answer that I’m willing to put my name on and stand behind. Sometimes that means checking with other agents/offices in the area of concern.
    Please Stay Safe And Have A Wonderful Day.
    Special Agent Allan Coker
    NOAA's Office For Fishery Law Enforcement
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