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Ichthyology at the Florida Museum of Natural History
NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center


The jewfish, which is more commonly known as the Goliath Grouper, can reach nearly eight feet in length and weigh close to 1000 pounds. It was once fairly common to offshore reefs, underwater caves and old wrecks around the Virgin Islands, but has declined over the years due to over fishing. They are a very scarce animal and are very easily caught due to their habit of remaining solitary and in the same spot for long periods of time. Jewfish are crab eaters and are said to be very shy.

The goliath grouper is fully protected from harvest and is recognized as a “Critically Endangered” species by the World Conservation Union (IUCN). Furthermore, the IUCN concludes that the species has been “observed, estimated, inferred or suspected” of a reduction of at least 80% over the last 10 years or three generations. In U.S. waters, take of this species has been prohibited since 1990, and the species has been protected in the Caribbean since 1993.