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Snapper, Vermilion

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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


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

Vermilion snapper populations in the U.S. are below management's target abundance, but not thought to be overfished, thus making it a "Good Alternative."

Consumer Note

Vermilion snapper can be imported from other countries. Many varieties of snapper exist and each carries a different recommendation so make sure to ask the fish's type and origin.

Summary

Vermilion snapper comprises about 40% of all commercial snapper landings in the U.S. It is fished in the Gulf of Mexico and the South Atlantic. Red and yellowtail snapper make up the other snapper fisheries.

In the South Atlantic, assessments indicate that vermilion snapper populations are below management's target abundance levels, but not overfished, and overfishing is no longer occurring. However, the stock may be at risk for overfishing in the future, and more data on their populations will help know this for certain.

The size of the Gulf of Mexico vermilion snapper population is highly uncertain, but has been generally declining over the past 50 years. Vermilion snapper populations have been actively managed through annual quotas, size and trip limits, and seasonal closures. As a result, the Gulf of Mexico vermilion snapper population, where most of the fishing takes place, may be improving.

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



Recipe Alternatives
Pollock, sablefish/black cod and striped bass (farmed) are "Best Choices."

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