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Snapper, New Zealand Tai

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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


New Zealand Tai Snapper, Wild, New Zealand

New Zealand tai snapper has been historically overfished, but fishery managers are working to help populations recover. The type of fishing gear is important in determining sustainability. Caught with bottom longlines, beach seines and gillnets, New Zealand tai snapper is a "Good Alternative." However, when caught with bottom trawls or Danish seines, it's rated "Avoid."

Consumer Note

Several very different types of fish are sold in U.S. sushi bars as "tai snapper." Consumers may need to ask questions about where the fish is from and whether it is sold under another name and then use this information when you consult our pocket guides.

Summary

New Zealand tai snapper is a long-lived fish that's found in the waters surrounding New Zealand and Australia. Unlike many long-lived fish, New Zealand tai snapper reaches sexual maturity at a young age, which helps make it resilient to fishing pressure. It is an important fishery in New Zealand and a popular item on sushi menus in the U.S.

New Zealand tai snapper has been overfished in the past. Fishery managers have responded and populations are now recovering but low abundance of these populations remains a concern.

The New Zealand tai snapper fishery uses a variety of fishing gear, including bottom longline, Danish seine and bottom trawl. Both bottom trawls and Danish seines may severely impact the seafloor habitat, while bottom longlines are less damaging.

Consumers should "Avoid" New Zealand tai snapper caught with bottom trawls or Danish seines and should instead choose fish caught with gillnet, beach seine and bottom longline, which are all "Good Alternatives."


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