- 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.
Grass porgy (Calamus)
Grass porgies are relatively flat from side to side and deep from top to bottom. They have a long, spiny dorsal fin and a long secondary dorsal and anal fin. The grass porgys body is greenish on top, fading to silver on the sides and belly. Dark blotches can be found on the porgys side and tail.
The grass porgy is omnivorous, feeding on whatever is available in its habitat, including algae and smaller fish.
Grass porgies can be found in temperate waters in the western Atlantic Ocean, from the mid-Atlantic states south to the eastern Gulf of Mexico.
Grass porgy congregate in grass beds and around reefs. They are primarily found inshore in shallower depths up to 20 feet. Porgies are primarily bottom-dwellers.