- 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.
Gafftopsail catfish (Bagre)
The Gafftopsail Catfish has a head that is longer and wider than the common freshwater catfish. Its coloring is silvery on the sides, with a bluish dorsal fin. The dorsal and pectoral fins are long, extended and extremely sharp. The Gafftopsail can also be recognized by its two long barbels located under its mouth.
Gafftopsail are omnivorous, but mainly eat small fish, shrimp, and crab.
Gafftopsail Catfish can be found along the Atlantic Coast, from New England to South America. They are abundant in the Gulf of Mexico, particularly Texas and Louisiana.
Like its freshwater cousin, the Gafftopsail prefers deep channels and brackish water. It can also be found in coastal flats and passes, as well as tidal streams.