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Snapper, Ruby/Long-tail Red

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SEAFOODRATINGMARKET NAMESLOCATION/CERTIFICATIONHOW CAUGHT/FARMED
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


Longtail/Ruby Snapper, handline, Hawaii

The Hawaiian ruby snapper (or onaga) is caught using environmentally friendly methods to reduce habitat damage and bycatch. However, uncertainty about population size around the main Hawaiian Islands makes it a "Good Alternative."

Summary

As a group, snappers have several characteristics, including slow growth rates and small habitat ranges, that make them vulnerable to overfishing. Little is known about their distribution or behavior because they live in deep water.

In Hawaii, ruby snapper lives in deep water around rocky reefs alongside several other closely related snappers and the Hawaiian grouper. They're all fished together, year-round, using handline gear that causes little habitat damage and bycatch.

Though previously overfished, snapper and grouper populations are now carefully managed and rebuilding. However, because these species are assessed as a group instead of individually, there's uncertainty about the size of each population. As a result, ruby snapper is a "Good Alternative."


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