Broomtail Grouper


The Broomtail Grouper, scientifically⁤ known as Epinephelus ascensionis, is a valued species of the family⁣ Serranidae.

Conservation Status

Currently, ‍the Broomtail Grouper is recognized as a‌ Near Threatened species, largely due to⁢ excessive fishing ​pressures and habitat loss. Conservation efforts are underway to protect and preserve​ its population.


Statistic Average Range
Length 80⁢ cm 50-100 cm
Weight 12 kg 8-15 kg
Average Lifespan 12 years N/A


Primarily, Broomtail Groupers inhabit the⁤ Atlantic Ocean, around the regions of Bermuda, southern Florida, Bahamas and ​Caribbean and Brazil. There are no ⁢prominent ​migration patterns ​known‍ for this species.


These ⁣groupers prefer warm, ​tropical, and subtropical waters and are generally found in rocky or coral reefs. They live at depth ranges from ⁢5 to 50​ meters. They can adapt to varieties of ⁢temperature but⁢ are usually ⁣found in warmer ranges.

When ⁣and​ Where ⁢to See

Broomtail Groupers are most commonly seen during summer and autumn seasons, especially⁤ during early morning and late afternoon times.

Best Fishing Locations

  • Bermuda
  • South Florida
  • Bahamas
  • Caribbean Sea
  • Brazil

A general tip for finding Broomtail Groupers is to look in areas with clear water, ​in and around rock⁢ or coral structures.

How to Catch

These ⁣groupers are attracted​ to live or cut ‍baits, typically squid or other small fish species. They can be caught using bottom fishing or trolling techniques. The best time to catch these is during the dusk and dawn hours.

Identification ​Guide

The Broomtail Grouper‌ has a deep and​ compressed ⁣body, rounded​ tail and a large mouth. ⁤Its body⁤ color varies from brown to gray with irregular, dark ‌spots throughout its⁣ body. It is different from similar species due to ‍its larger size and broad, ⁤sweeping tail.


Broomtail Grouper ‍is a prized catch for many anglers ⁣due⁣ to its firm texture and mild⁤ taste. It’s low in fat, high in protein and is a good source of omega-3 fatty⁢ acids. It can be cooked in various ways including grilling, baking, ⁣frying or in a ⁣stew.

Additional ​Information

The diet of Broomtail Groupers ⁤includes crustaceans, smaller fish, and occasionally octopuses. Major‌ threats include overfishing and habitat⁣ loss due to coral reef degradation. The species has no significant cultural or historical significance.

References and Further Reading

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