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Old 04-11-2017, 03:47 PM   #1
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Anyone ever hear of anyone eating a parrot fish? They are hanging out around the dock at our rental and the kids are trying to catch one and want to know it you can eat them.
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Heard they are great to eat, but they are restricted from harvest in most places I know of.
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We are staying in the Keys. Anyone know if you can keep them there?
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Ever hear of Ciguartara poisoning? Actually, they're eaten in many countries, but personally I wouldn't take the chance.
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That's why I am askin the question. As a Yankee from Wisconsin, they are a foreign fish to me.
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Florida FWC regulations:

Parrotfish are not to be harvested for food.
Parrotfish under 12” can be caught with nets or slurp guns and kept alive for aquariums.
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I was working in the islands (Palm Island ,St Vincent and the Grenadines) and I would eat it everyday . At first the resort wouldn't tell me what kind of Fish it was , I guess Americans don't take too kindly to eating aquarium fish?
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A buddy of mine owns a butcher shop and they sell the hell out of whole frozen parrotfish. Never tried it...
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Ciguatera to the max !
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Same family of fish as the hog snapper
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Same family of fish as the hog snapper
"now often considered a subfamily (Scarinae) of the wrasses" (Wiki)

Interesting, did not know that.

My favorite thing about them, when I'm snorkeling, is hearing them "chew"
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That's why I am askin the question. As a Yankee from Wisconsin, they are a foreign fish to me.
There is no reason to kill everything you see. Enjoy looking at it. There are better fish to eat.
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Took a trip to Tahiti last October. Parrot fish was on most menus. Very very tasty. I talked to a local fisherman. He would go out several nights a week and spear them for the family breakfast.
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But I like to kill and eat things
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Ciguatera to the max !

This what I have been told. Other fish that eat them are known to carry the toxin.

No thanks.
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When I was a kid it was fun to catch and release, really small hook and I experimented with different baits, all part of learning to fish.
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My buddy said that they served Parrotfish after a cruise in the Caymans where the divers speared them.
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Interesting topic.

The regulations dont mention them making it seem as they would be unregulated species. There are commercial regulations but I can't find anything on the FWC site or the paper regs that address it.
http://www.eregulations.com/florida/...g-regulations/

They eat algae off the reefs so higher possibilities of ciguatera but any species eating fish that consumes the toxin is succeptible as well. Snapper, grouper, etc. predator species like Cuba are well known for being a high risk fish to consume.
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The regulations dont mention them making it seem as they would be unregulated species. There are commercial regulations but I can't find anything on the FWC site or the paper regs that address it.
See post # 6 and 17

They are regulated as an "aquarium species" ( as is much other "marine life")
both commercially and recreationally you can legally capture them alive - with certain restrictions.

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