Blue Ocean Institute


Species is relatively abundant, and fishing methods cause little damage to habitat and other wildlife.

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.

Most Pompano are commercially caught in Florida, so population assessments and management measures (e.g. size limits, gear restrictions) focus on this fishery. 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.

One of the main fishing methods for Pompano is hook and line, which is done off the seafloor so causes little or no habit damage and produces moderate levels of bycatch.

Full species report here.