Comments: Historically this was one of the most important food fishes in the Caribbean; caught mainly with hook-and-line and traps (Heemstra and Randall 1993). Spawning aggregations are fished using hook-and-line, spear guns, and gill nets (Aguilar-Perera and Aguilar-Davila 1996). In Belize, individuals are mainly fished with handlines, spear guns, and fish pots throughout the year; however, most intensive fishing occurs 1-2 weeks during the formation of spawning aggregations (Carter 1988, Carter et al. 1990). Still taken by fish traps in Martinique (Gobert 1990).
Olsen et al. (1983): seldom causes ciguatera poisoning.