The Safina Center

Koho salmon.Koho salmon.Photo taken by: Carl Safina

Some problems exist with this species' status or catch methods, or information is insufficient for evaluating. Grouper, Black – U.S. Gulf of Mexico These fish contain levels of mercury or PCBs that may pose a health risk to adults and children.

In the U.S., Black Grouper are found from Massachusetts to Texas but the majority of Black Grouper are caught in South Florida.

Black Grouper can grow to 220 lbs. and change sex from female to male after 15 years. They are at a healthy abundance level.

Black grouper are caught using handlines and bottom longlines, which typically cause a moderate amount of damage to bottom habitat and catch some species of concern, including other depleted grouper species. New management measures that will reduce interactions with sea turtles and other protected species have recently been put into place.

Full species report here.
Full Seafood Watch species report here.

This fish may have high levels of mercury that could pose a health risk to adults and children.  More info here about mercury in grouper. Check out our mercury in seafood section.