Although some populations are below target levels, U.S. wild-caught red grouper is still a smart seafood choice because it is sustainably managed and responsibly harvested under U.S. regulations. In the South, blackened grouper is a favorite preparation, but this versatile fish can also be skewered or used in chowders and soups.
“Adult gag grouper live in nearshore waters from coastal North Carolina south to Brazil and as well as in the Gulf of Mexico. Smaller gag are a lot of lighter in coloring, and have numerous dark brown, or charcoal, kiss-like marks along their sides.
“Adult gag grouper, live over on top of low- and high-profile hard bottom such as reefs or shipwrecks in waters between 60-250 feet deep,” said McLean Seward, fisheries biologist with the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries. “Young gag grouper will live in oyster reefs, estuaries and seagrass beds from Massachusetts to Cape Canaveral, Florida.
The coloration of red grouper helps to distinguish this species from gag with its head and body being dark reddish brown, shading pink or reddish or even pale pink along the lower part of its body,” Nash said. “In North Carolina, gag will typically spawn in February and have clear larvae, which then make their way into estuaries.
As water temperatures start to go down in the fall, juvenile gag will migrate from estuaries to offshore hard bottom habitat and larger members of their species,” said Seward. Seward noted that all grouper are considered protogynous intersex, “that is they start their lives as females, and a part of the population will morph, or make the change, to males as they get older.
Females start to reach sexual maturity when they are about 24 inches in total length and about 3 years old. They are voracious predators, and will feed on whatever they can capture including scad, snapper, grunt, sardines, crabs, porgies, shrimp and squid, said Seward.
Red grouper sitting on sand habitat 45 degrees to camera full body view mouth open. In addition to their color, redgroupercan be distinguished from gag by the sloped, straight line of their spiny dorsal fin.
“The red grouper is also a protogynous intersex and females are sexually mature by the time they reach 4 years old,” Seward said. Females typically will let go an average of 1.5 million pelagic eggs that stay at the surface for between 30-40 days before finally settling down to the bottom.
“ Red grouper may live to be as old as 25 years of age, with older specimens reaching a size of 32.5 inches and up to 25 pounds. They will feed on lobster, shrimp, octopus, crabs and fish that are found close to their preferred reef habitat,” Seward said.
Bottom fishing is the best way to catch gag grouper, using live bait, including squid and cigar minnows. Use a depth finder to find deep-water rock ledges, artificial reefs and shipwrecks, a gag grouper ’s favorite hiding place.
Recreational and commercial fishermen are required to use hooking tools when fishing for the snapper grouper species. “This prohibition does not apply to fish harvested, landed and sold before the annual catch limit is reached and held in cold storage by a dealer,” said North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries Executive Assistant to Councils Steve Poland, who is also a representative with the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council.
Charter and head boat and commercial snapper grouper vessels must have National Marine Fisheries Service-approved sea turtle release gear and adhere to small tooth saw fish release protocol, Poland added. While populations of gag grouper have remained healthy, a 10-year effort to rebuild the red grouper stock has failed, leading to new, stricter rules and regulations taking effect this year.
Therefore, on Sept. 27, 2017, NFS sent a letter to the council stating that the South Atlantic red grouper stock was not making adequate progress toward rebuilding. So, NFS took steps in 2018 to immediately end overfishing of red grouper by reducing the total commercial and recreational annual catch limits, based on the acceptable biological catch recommendation from the council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee.
“For red grouper, this final rule extends the closure season formerly from January to April, to January through May of each year for the next ten years for the commercial and recreational portions off North and South Carolina, and establishes a commercial trip limit,” said Poland. This final rule establishes a commercial trip limit for red grouper harvested in the South Atlantic EEA of 200 pounds, gutted weight.
The trip limit is expected to help rebuild the red grouper stock by discouraging directed commercial fishing for the species, although it is not likely to substantially reduce the current level of commercial harvest of red grouper, according to the National Register. “The council selected a commercial trip limit that in combination with extending the spawning season cloture for red grouper off North Carolina and South Carolina would help keep down harvest numbers to help rebuild the stock,” Poland said.
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On a separate plate, roll fish files in Cajun spice. Place fish into hot skillet until they turn a nice, golden- red color.
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However, his arsenal for good food exists in his collection of recipes, which includes some of his own and many handed down from his family. A favorite among diners is blackened grouper, which Harris offers several ways.
Mediterranean-style -- with tomatoes, onions, feta cheese, olives and peppers -- is one of customers' favorites, he explained, adding that the grouper also is served stuffed with crab meat. DEAR DOROTHY: My fiancé treated me to a dinner at Charlie's Lobster House in Winter Park.
DEAR LLEWELLYN: Charlie's proprietor, Al Stiegerwald was happy to oblige. He remembers the crisp, light crunch of New York's legendary fried oysters and prefers a Japanese breading rather than the more traditional cornmeal coat.
Over low heat, melt butter in sauté pan, add grouper fillet and slowly pan fry on both sides intl. fillet is golden and flakes at the touch of a fork, about 8 to 10 minutes per 1-inch thickness. DEAR DOROTHY: At a restaurant in Naples I had Bailey's Irish Cream Pie.
DEAR ALICE: Here is one of my favorite dessert recipes using Baileys Original Irish Cream liqueur. To make mousse filling, melt chocolate in top of double boiler over barely simmering water, stirring until smooth.
Melt butter (it should be warm, not hot) and combine with chocolate in a mixing bowl, whisk until smooth. Beat egg yolks until thick and pale; add to chocolate mixture and whisk until smooth.
A few things to keep in mind before you go HAM on some lobster and melted butter: Lots of things on the RL menu come with a carb (fries, baked potato, wild rice), so go ahead and nix those for an extra side of veggies (or, if you're feeling crazy, an extra order of shrimp scampi). And go easy on the apps, too, so you can save your carbs for the main event.
It has exactly zero carbs and a good serving of fats, so consider this permission to go ahead and order a full one. If it's in your veto allowance, you could even opt for a stuffed version for just 11 grams of carbs.
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