Grouper, Black – U.S. Gulf of Mexico
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.