Red Porgy


The ‌Red Porgy (Pagrus pagrus) is ​a fish species belonging to the family Sparidae, ⁤widely recognized​ for its striking​ pink to red ‍coloration.

Conservation Status

As per the‌ International Union for​ Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Red Porgy is currently‌ classified ⁢under the‍ ‘least concern’ category. Ongoing conservation efforts ⁢aim to ​maintain healthy population levels through sustainable fishing practices and rigorous monitoring.


Attribute Average Range
Length 22 inches ⁣(55.8 cm) 16 – 35 inches (40 – 90 cm)
Weight 6 lbs (2.7 kg) 4⁣ – 15‌ lbs (1.8 – 6.8 kg)
Average Lifespan 11 years N/A


Commonly‍ found in the Eastern ​Atlantic from Norway to⁤ South Africa. Red Porgy are known to migrate ⁣towards warmer waters in the winter.


  • Water type: ⁣ Saltwater
  • Depth range: 20 – 200m
  • Temperature range: ‍ Prefers temperate climates

When and Where to See

Due to their migratory patterns, red porgy are usually spotted⁢ during warmer months. They are most active during the early morning and late evening.

Best ‍Fishing​ Locations

Top‍ locations for Red​ Porgy fishing ⁤include the Mediterranean Sea, the Southwestern Atlantic Ocean,⁣ and the Gulf ⁣of Mexico. For those ‍who ⁢can’t​ make it to these ⁢specific ⁣locations, ⁢look for areas with sandy or​ rocky⁢ bottoms near coastal areas.

How ⁣to Catch

Red Porgy are typically caught using ​bottom fishing techniques with crustaceans or small fish as ⁤bait. The best ⁤time to catch them is during their‍ spawning season in the ‍spring.

Identification Guide

Identifiable by⁣ its ⁤pink to red hue, the Red Porgy features‍ a silver-white belly⁢ and blue spots on the upper body. It‌ possesses strong jaw muscles ⁣with ⁢several rows​ of ‌tiny, sharp teeth.


Renowned for its ⁤firm, white flesh, Red Porgy offers a ‌mild, ⁤sweet taste and low-fat content. Its versatile nature makes⁣ it ​fit for​ a variety of‍ culinary uses. Try grilling or butter-roasting ⁤for ‍optimum taste. Be sure to remove the ⁣skin before cooking to avoid any bitter taste.

Additional Information

Red Porgy are primarily benthic feeders, preying on shellfish and small‌ fish. Their ⁢most‌ common⁤ predators ⁤include larger fish and sharks. The species holds no significant cultural ⁤value but‍ is highly‍ appreciated by anglers for ‌its⁣ fight and taste.

References and Further Reading

  • FishWatch -⁣ Red Porgy –
  • Florida Museum⁣ – Red Porgy –

For‌ more in-depth information, consider procuring ‘Fishes of the ‌World’ by Joseph S. Nelson.