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

Red Snapper are found in the western Atlantic Ocean from North Carolina to northern South America, the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico. Red Snapper are found around both natural and artificial structures like corals reefs and oil rigs. They grow slowly, reach sexual maturity around three years of age, and may live for over 50 years.

Red Snapper are overfished throughout their range in U.S. waters, with abundance levels 5-20% of what they should be. Red Snapper are typically caught by hook-and-line gear which has minimal impact to the seafloor. However, some Red Snapper are also caught using longlines, which can accidentally catch protected animals like sea turtles and sawfish.

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.