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Grouper, Gag (Mycteroperca microlepis)
Also known as: Grouper, Small-scaled Rockfish, Velvet Rockfish
Source: Wild-caught in Gulf waters, mostly from West Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, and Texas

Gag is one of the most common groupers in the Southeast. Most of the commercial harvest of gag comes from the west coast of Florida. Commercial fishermen harvest gag in the reef fish fishery along with other snappers and groupers, mainly offshore in federal waters.

Federal authorities including NOAA Fisheries and the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council are responsible for monitoring and managing these fisheries resources. Any applicable state management measures are fairly consistent with federal measures—some states automatically adopt federal regulations; others have separate regulations. For example, recreational catch limits and seasons are often different. Gulf state and federal enforcement agents partner to enforce fisheries laws and regulations. The Gulf states also help collect data on gag commercial and recreational fisheries, providing important information to support management of this valuable resource.

For more information about gag, including its status, biological information, and a description of the fishery and how it’s managed, see NOAA’s FishWatch.gov.

Commercial Recreational


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1992
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1992$2,854,3261,415,764
1993$3,569,3991,749,998
1994$3,337,2921,515,550
1995$3,344,7811,572,348
1996$3,437,8471,502,218
1997$3,835,1471,660,890
1998$6,208,5652,671,836
1999$4,929,5772,082,886
2000$5,602,0682,270,411
2001$8,095,6353,301,647


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