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Snapper, Gray

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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


Gray Snapper, Wild, Hawaii

Gray snapper populations in Hawaii are moderately depleted and the fishing methods used to catch this species result in only minor impacts to habitats and ecosystems making it a "Good Alternative."

Consumer Note

Gray snapper caught in Hawaii is consumed there year round, with limited amounts shipped to the U.S. mainland. More gray snapper is available during summer months, when the fish are easily caught during their reproductive gatherings.

Summary

Gray snapper is a large bodied top predator in the snapper family, found in shallow to deep tropical and subtropical waters across the Indo-Pacific from Hawaii to East Africa. They gather in large numbers in the summer to reproduce, or spawn, a behavior which renders them easy targets to fisherman, increasing their vulnerability to overfishing.

Approximately 90 percent of gray snapper in Hawaii is caught with handlines, with the remainder caught by trolling. These gears have minimal impacts on habitats; however other species of high conservation concern may be targeted or caught as bycatch, prompting a moderate level of concern.

Fishery managers do not know whether gray snapper populations in Hawaii are depleted. In recent years, landings for gray snapper have exceeded landings of other commercially important deep water snappers, prompting concern over its unknown population status.



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