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Red Porgy

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Red Porgy Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Tai U.S. Wild

Red Porgy, Wild, U.S.

Red porgy is mostly caught with handline gear, which has minimal bycatch and habitat impacts. However, overfishing has been an issue and may continue today, making red porgy a "Good Alternative."

Consumer Note

Red porgy may be sold as tai in sushi restaurants. Several very different types of fish, including New Zealand tai snapper, tilapia, red sea bream, and red snapper are also sold in U.S. sushi bars as "tai snapper." Consumers may need to ask questions about where the fish is from and whether it is sold under another name and then use this information when you consult our pocket guides.


Red porgy is mostly caught in Florida waters with handline gear, a fishing method characterized by low levels of bycatch and minimal habitat damage. Rather than being its own fishery, porgy is caught accidentally in the grouper and red snapper fisheries. Consequently, management of red porgy is unclear and inconsistent.

In the Gulf of Mexico, minimal management makes it difficult to determine if overfishing is occurring. In the South Atlantic, improved management has helped overfished red porgy population begin to recover. Fortunately, the species is fast to reach reproductive age and produces many offspring - characteristics that help it rebound to fishing pressure.

For these reasons, red porgy is recommended as a "Good Alternative."

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