The Safina Center

Coho salmon.Coho salmon.Photo taken by: Carl Safina

Some problems exist with this species' status or catch methods, or information is insufficient for evaluating. Snapper, Queen These fish contain levels of mercury or PCBs that may pose a health risk to adults and children. Our source of information is  We also recommend that you check local advisories.

Queen Snapper is a deep-water species that is becoming an increasingly important part of the US Caribbean fishery despite there being little information about their abundance. They are found from North Carolina to Brazil including the Gulf of Mexico and throughout the Caribbean.

Queen Snapper grow fast, mature early and probably live for around 8 years. Management of Queen Snapper is poor, but various fishery councils have taken recent steps to improve reporting and reduce bycatch of threatened species.

Queen Snapper are mostly caught using hook and line methods that cause minimal habitat damage.

Full species report here.

This fish may have moderately 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.