Spotted black grouper
Spotted black groupers are large, territorial reef fishes that can reach 2 m in length and at least 80 kg, although most seen in New Zealand are considerably smaller than this. Spotted black grouper are vulnerable to overfishing and are completely protected in New Zealand waters.
Spotted black grouper inhabit rocky reefs in estuaries and on the open coast to at least 50m depth.
Spotted black grouper are vulnerable to a variety of fishing methods due to their large size, territorial behaviour and natural curiosity.
Spotted black grouper are protected under the Wildlife Act 1953. It is not illegal to accidentally catch a spotted black grouper but it must be released alive and unharmed.
Spotted black grouper can easily be confused with a variety of related species. If you are in doubt about what species you have caught, release it alive and unharmed.
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