Porgy, one of a large family of marine and freshwater fish found in temperate and tropical waters. Porgies have deep, oblong bodies, and strong jaws and teeth. The most important sport and commercial porgy of North America is the northern porgy, or scup, found along the coast from the Carolinas to Cape Cod. It is about 16 inches (40 cm) long, and weighs about two pounds (900 g). The red tai, a Pacific Ocean porgy, is considered a sacred fish in Japan. It is also an important food fish.
Porgies make up the family Sparidae. The northern porgy is Stenotomus chrysops; the red tai, Pagrus major.