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Some problems exist with this species' status or catch methods, or information is insufficient for evaluating. Snapper, Mutton – U.S. These fish contain levels of mercury or PCBs that may pose a health risk to adults and children.

Mutton Snapper are most commonly found in the tropical waters of the Caribbean, Florida and Gulf of Mexico. They can live to 40 years of age, have moderate growth rates, and become sexually mature after three years.

Mutton Snapper were overfished for many years, but their abundance has increased and today it is at a medium level in the South Atlantic US and Gulf of Mexico.

Mutton Snapper are mostly caught by hook-and-line, bottom longlines or traps, fishing methods which cause moderate habitat damage and some bycatch of sea turtles and sawfish.

Full species report here.

This fish may have high levels of mercury that could pose a health risk to adults and children. More info here about mercury in snapper. Check out our mercury in seafood section.