• Gulf Fisheries Profiles
  • Sustainable Fisheries Management
  • Gulf Fisheries Economics
  • Enjoying Gulf Seafood
Cobia (Rachycentron canadum)
Also known as: Black kingfish, Cabio, Crab eater, Lemonfish, Ling, Sergeant fish
Source: Wild-caught in Gulf waters, mostly from West Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, and Texas

Often mistaken for sharks or remoras, cobia are often found near structure, such as buoys, debris, and artificial reefs, and are rarely seen in large groups. Cobia are a popular sport fish—they put up a good fight and taste great, too. Limited amounts of cobia are also caught commercially in the Gulf—while commercial fishermen do not specifically target cobia, they harvest them incidentally while fishing for other species. Most of the cobia you’ll find in the market comes from aquaculture operations.

Federal authorities including NOAA Fisheries and the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils are responsible for monitoring and managing fisheries for cobia. Any applicable state management measures are fairly consistent with federal measures—some states automatically adopt federal regulations; others have separate regulations. For example, cobia is officially designated a saltwater game fish in Mississippi—this status prohibits the sale of cobia caught in Mississippi territorial waters or landed in Mississippi.

Gulf state and federal enforcement agents partner to enforce fisheries laws and regulations. The Gulf states also help collect data on commercial and recreational fisheries for cobia, providing important information to support management of this valuable resource.

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

Commercial Recreational


Landings Summary Data :
Gulf (dollars and pounds)
 
1992
 To 
2016



Command item
     |   
  
YearDollarsPounds
Data pager
First Page Previous Page
123
Next Page Last Page
Page size:
PageSizeComboBox
select
 25 items in 3 pages
1992$321,855235,097
1993$376,596261,317
1994$411,131263,561
1995$399,236241,126
1996$461,367263,969
1997$368,820208,755
1998$371,380203,640
1999$359,451191,382
2000$287,377152,569
2001$220,954112,252


Overview Current Abundance Additional Reasearch
Overview

Current Abundance

Additional Research

Who's Responsible Management Program
Who's Responsible

Management Program