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, Red – U.S. Gulf of Mexico These fish contain levels of mercury or PCBs that may pose a health risk to adults and children.

Red Grouper are found in the western Atlantic from Massachusetts to southern Brazil but are most commonly found along the west coast of Florida to the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.

Red Grouper begin life as females and transition to males between 7 and 16 years of age. They are at a healthy abundance level in the Gulf of Mexico.

Red Grouper are caught using bottom longlines and handlines, which have some impact on bottom habitat and catch some species of concern, including other depleted grouper species.

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.