Pompano – U.S. Florida
Pompano is a schooling fish (meaning that they travel in groups) found most commonly in the warm waters in and around Florida. They grow quickly, mature early, and have a short life span.
Pompano on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of Florida are analyzed separately from one another. Abundance of Pompano on the Gulf coast is healthy, while their status along the Atlantic coast is unclear.
The Florida Pompano fishery uses highly targeted techniques for all gear types, which results in very low catches of non-target species or bycatch. Handlines, cast nets, beach seines, haul seines and gillnets are all used in the Pompano fishery.