Mahimahi is a brightly colored fish found in subtropical and tropical waters around the world. In the Gulf, mahimahi is caught almost exclusively off Florida. Recreational fishermen catch the majority of the total annual harvest of this full-flavored, fun-to-catch fish. Commercial fishermen harvest mahimahi incidentally in hook and line fisheries, following Florida state regulations including a minimum size and bag limit.
Mahimahi was formerly included in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s Fishery Management Plan for Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources of the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic for data collection purposes. Since no management actions have ever been needed for this species as their biology makes them resilient to fishing pressure, managers recently removed mahimahi from this management plan. However, they can still collect catch data on this species. If harvests or interest in fishing for mahimahi changes in the future and managers determine regulations are necessary, they can add the species back to the management plan.
For more information about mahimahi, including its status, biological information, and a description of the fishery and how it's managed, see NOAA’s FishWatch.gov.