Grouper, Gag – U.S.
In U.S. waters, Gag Grouper are found in the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico regions, being moderately abundant along the Atlantic coast but overfished in the Gulf. Similar to other grouper species, Gag Grouper are protogynous hermaphrodites beginning their lives as females and becoming males as they grow larger. Females typically mature after three years and transition to males by 11 years of age.
They are primarily caught with handlines, which causes minimal impact to the seafloor. However the fishery catches some species of concern, including other depleted grouper species.