The overall color of this grouper is reddish and it is covered in blue spots. The dorsal and anal fins have pointed posterior tips.
They are marked with many small bluish or pinkish spots on the head, body and fins. The juveniles appear to mimic goat fishes of the family Mulligan.
This species attains a maximum recorded total length of 83 centimeters (33 in), although 75 centimeters (30 in) is a more normal length, and a maximum weight of 12 kilograms (26 lb). The yellow -edged lyre tail is normally observed in clear-water areas at depths greater than 15 meters (49 ft) but less than 350 meters (1,150 ft), showing a preference for islands and offshore reefs over continental shores.
It feeds mostly on fishes, as well as on crabs, shrimps and stomatopods. The females attain sexual maturity at a standard length of 33 centimeters (13 in).
They have been recorded forming spawning aggregations off Ace in Sumatra. The yellow -edged lyre tail is a valuable food fish.
However, there have been reports of ciguatera poisoning, and this has led to the fish being banned from sale in Mauritius. The danger of poisoning has also meant that it is uncommonly fished for or sold in Japan and some countries of south-east Asia.
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Stock Status RecreationalCommercialSeasonOpen year-round. Season Yellow edge grouper is managed under an individual fishing quota (If) program. Anyone commercially fishes for yellow edge grouper must possess allocation and follow established protocols.
Additionally, an eastern Gulf reef fish bottom longline endorsement required to use bottom longline for Gulf reef fish in the federal waters east of 85°30 longitude. Gear Non-stainless steel circle hooks are required when fishing with natural baits.
Gear Non-stainless steel circle hooks are required when fishing with natural baits. The yellow edge grouper ’s range extends from North Carolina to Florida, including the Gulf of Mexico, to southern Brazil.
This grouper is a tan to grayish brown color on its back and sides, fading to a pale white below. A thin blue line extends from the eyes to the corner of the bottom edge of the cheek.
The juvenile yellow edge has indistinct pale spots that fade as the fish ages. A solitary species, yellow edge grouper prefers rocky, sandy, muddy bottoms or reefs.
In habitats with soft bottoms, this fish has been observed to dig and occupy burrows. Juvenile fish are found in shallower water and move out to deeper depths as they grow older.
5 Adults can be found at depths typically from 410 to 984 feet (125 – 300 meters). Marine and Coastal Fisheries, 8: 177-201. Doi: 1080/19425120.2015.1024359 IFA All Tackle Record, Dauphin Island, Alabama Obama, S., B. Eris man, W. Haman, C. Biggs, N. Farmer, S. Lowerre-Barbieri, M. Karnataka, and J. Brenner.
Cooperative monitoring program for spawning aggregations in the Gulf of Mexico: data portal. Validation of yellow edge grouper, Epimetheus flavolimbatus, age using nuclear bomb-produced radiocarbon.
Dorsal, pectoral and anal fins have yellow outer edges. Found in all of Florida and the Bahamas; over deep coral reefs at times, but prefers 300-feet and more.
Open Season: January 1 – December 31 Note: since this species is managed under an Annual Catch Limit, the fishery could close if the recreational Annual Catch Limit is met or projected to be met. If an in-season closure were to be announced by NOAA Fisheries, all relevant information will be included here.
Recreational and commercial fishermen are required to use hooking tools when fishing for snapper grouper species. At least one hooking device is required and must be used as needed to remove hooks embedded in South Atlantic snapper- grouper with minimum damage.
Definition of a Descending Device: an instrument to which is attached a minimum of a 16 ounce weight and a length of line that will release the fish at the depth from which the fish was caught or a minimum of 60 feet. Since minimizing surface time is critical to increasing survival, descending devices shall be readily available for use while engaged in fishing.
Open Season: January 1 – December 31 Note: since this species is managed under an Annual Catch Limit, the fishery could close if the commercial Annual Catch Limit is met or projected to be met. If an in-season closure were to be announced by NOAA Fisheries, all relevant information will be included here.
Bottom longline is allowed only in depths 50 fathoms or more and only north of St. Lucie Inlet, Florida. Recreational and commercial fishermen are required to use hooking tools when fishing for snapper grouper species.
At least one hooking device is required and must be used as needed to remove hooks embedded in South Atlantic snapper- grouper with minimum damage. Definition of a Descending Device: an instrument to which is attached a minimum of a 16 ounce weight and a length of line that will release the fish at the depth from which the fish was caught or a minimum of 60 feet.
Since minimizing surface time is critical to increasing survival, descending devices shall be readily available for use while engaged in fishing. The use of non-stainless steel hooks when fishing for snapper- grouper species with hook-and-line gear and natural baits south of 28º north latitude.
Best fishing practices tips information on hook types how-to videos This prohibition does not apply to fish harvested, landed, and sold prior to the annual catch limit being reached and held in cold storage by a dealer.
Beset by lengthy season closures for gag and scamp groupers, red snappers, amber jacks and even trigger fish, as well as tight bag limits and restrictive size limits, many offshore fishermen began to wonder if owning a boat was worth it. Some turned to tuna fishing; most found there was a limit to how many repeated Volkswagen's they wanted to reel in and eat a year.
Early deep-droppers found a wide array of new species available to them, things like queen and silk snappers, long tail bass, golden tile fish, barrel fish, speckled hinds and snowy groupers. With the possible exception of golden tile fish, which really prefer deeper waters, the yellow edge is the most common fish caught by deep-droppers.
And just as good, maybe better yet, they are almost universally acclaimed to be the best tasting member of the entire grouper clan. Their range starts off of the Carolina son the East Coast, wraps around Florida through the entire Gulf of Mexico, rings every island in the Caribbean and goes down the South American Coast to southern Brazil.
They are an oddity within the grouper family, in which most species prefer reefs, shipwrecks, rock piles and other high-profile bottom structure for their homes. Most preferred seem to be hard bottoms liberally encrusted with coral-like growths on them, called “live bottom.” But the fish is also found on clay, sand and even mud bottoms in their preferred depth zone.
Big yellow edges dominate smaller specimens and will hog the available food supply. Small yellow fin groupers’ bodies are often marked with orderly, widely spaced rows of white spots.
White body spots are a signature marking on their close deep-water relative, the snowy grouper. They are most commonly colored gray or pinkish, and heavily marked with mottling or blotches.
In any case, the change apparently happens very quickly, as biologists seldom examine a fish in transition from female to male. Females begin turning into males at about 23 inches long and 13 years of age.
Spawning takes place from January through October, peaking in May to September. Second, since they are protogynous hermaphrodites and males are found only in the larger (and more aggressive and easy to catch) size classes, heavy fishing pressure on larger fish may take enough males to lower spawning success in this species.