Seafood Watch - Seafood Guide

Snapper, Yellowtail

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Snapper, Gray Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Green Jobfish, Blue-Green Snapper, Uku Hawaii Wild
Snapper, New Zealand Tai Avoid: Avoid these products for now. These fish come from sources that are overfished or fished or farmed in ways that harm the environment. Red Seabream, Squirefish Snapper, Tai, Kodai New Zealand Danish Seine, Trawl
Snapper, New Zealand Tai Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Red Seabream, Squirefish Snapper, Tai, Kodai New Zealand Bottom Longline
Snapper, Pink Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. 'Opakapaka, Palu-enaena Hawaii Handline
Snapper, Red Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. American Red & Northern Red Snapper, Mule Sow, Rat, Tai U.S. Gulf of Mexico Wild
Snapper, Red Avoid: Avoid these products for now. These fish come from sources that are overfished or fished or farmed in ways that harm the environment. American Red & Northern Red Snapper, Mule, Sow, Rat, Tai, U.S. South Atlantic Wild
Snapper, Ruby/Long-tail Red Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Onaga, 'Ula'ula koa'e Hawaii Handline
Snapper, Short-tail Red Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Ehu, 'Ula'ula, Palu-malau, Squirrelfish Snapper, Tai Hawaii Handline
Snapper, Silk Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Silky & Yellow-eyed Snapper U.S. Gulf of Mexico, U.S. South Atlantic, U.S. Caribbean Wild
Snapper, Vermilion Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Beeliners, Night Snappers U.S. Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Wild
Snapper, Yellowtail Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Snapper U.S. Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Wild


Yellowtail Snapper, Wild, Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic & U.S.

A recent assessment of yellowtail snapper suggests the population is healthy, yet fishing affects vulnerable bycatch species, making this fish a "Good Alternative."

Consumer Note

Yellowtail snapper can be imported from other countries, and is often referred to as just "snapper." However, many varieties of snapper exist and each carries a different recommendation so make sure to ask the fish's origin. Yellowtail can also refer to a type of jack.

Summary

Most yellowtail snapper caught in the U.S. originates from the Florida Keys and southeastern Florida, though they can range from North Carolina to Brazil.

In both the Gulf of Mexico and the South Atlantic, yellowtail snapper populations appear to be healthy.

Commercial fishermen target yellowtail snapper primarily with handline gear, and also catch vulnerable grouper species.



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