- 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.
Silver perch (Bairdiella)
Silver perch are predominantly, as their name denotes, silver with yellowish fins. Their bellies shade to a whitish color, and their backs may be gray. Similar to other fish in the drum family, the dorsal fins of silver perch are separated by a deep indentation. Silver perch have terminal mouths, which feature a chin with five or six chin pores but no barbels.
Silver perch are carnivores that feed on crustaceans, worms and small fish.
The silver perch can be found in coastal western Atlantic waters from New York to southern Florida and the Gulf of Mexico.
Silver perch inhabit the coastal waters of seagrass beds, tidal creeks, marshes, estuaries and other brackish waters. Commonly found over muddy or sandy bottoms, silver perch can also be found in freshwater at times. They will also migrate farther offshore during the winter.
- The silver perch can be identified from sand seatrout by their lack of large visible canine teeth.