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 Kitty Mitchell Grouper
(Epinephelus drummondhayi)


 Distribution & Size

Kitty Mitchell Grouper (Epinephelus drummondhayi) is a species of fish in the Serranidae family. It is commonly called the calico grouper, speckled hind, or strawberry grouper. Found in Bermuda and the United States. Its natural habitats are open seas, shallow seas, subtidal aquatic beds, and coral reefs. It is threatened by habitat loss. The speckled hind is a U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service or Species of Concern. Species of Concern are those species about which the U.S. Government’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service, has some concerns regarding status and threats, but for which insufficient information is available to indicate a need to list the species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

 General Information

Speckled hind derive their name from the multitude of tiny white spots that cover their reddish-brown head, body and fins. Juvenile specimens tend to have yellow body color with white spots (Ross 1988). Speckled hinds are deep-water groupers: adults inhabit offshore rocky bottoms in depths of 80 to 1300 feet (25 to 400 m) but are most common between 200 and 400 feet (60 and 120 m) in many areas of the Western Atlantic. There is a paucity of data for this species: the stock structure is not characterized, population size is unknown and much of their life history has not been thoroughly investigated.

 Tackle & Bait

Deep drop fishing with electric reels are the normal method of catching this species.

 Eating Qualities

Prized as good eating.

 State Limits & Regulations

IUCN: Critically Endangered

American Fisheries Society: Endangered


 
Size Limit  Closed Season  Daily Rec. Bag Limit  Remarks
None None Atlantic Grouper Bag limit is 3 fish, which means no harvester may retain more than 3 Atlantic Groupers in any combination. None
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