- Although the flesh of the almaco jack is considered quality table fare, the species has been associated with ciguatera poisoning, a seldom fatal stomach irritation.
- The almaco jack is susceptible to tapeworm parasites in the caudal peduncle area, but the meat can be eaten safely if affected portions are cut away.
To provide the scientific expertise and technical capabilities needed to develop and conduct the research programs required to protect, restore, and enhance the state's extensive estuarine and marine resources
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Responsibilities: Sets seasons for saltwater fishing and shellfishing; Studies marine resources & does mariculture research; Promotes recreational fishing and shellfishing; Manages state shellfish grounds; Maintains state's artificial reefs; Performs environmental reviews; Promotes seafood marketing; Maintains a marine science library; Conducts marine fish tagging programs; Conducts marine education programs & public outreach; Provides information on saltwater commercial fishing; Provides information on saltwater fishing tournaments