The Safina Center

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Some problems exist with this species' status or catch methods, or information is insufficient for evaluating. Snapper, Silk – U.S. (including U.S. Caribbean) 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.

Silk Snapper is a deepwater fish whose range extends from the Gulf of Mexico, Carolinas, and Bermuda to northern South America. They mature quickly but have moderate growth rates and can live for over 30 years.

Silk Snapper have a medium abundance, but many areas have not been properly surveyed.

They are commonly caught using fish traps, and hook and line gear in the Caribbean. Fish traps can cause some damage to the seafloor, while hook and line gear has little impact. Bycatch of other fish is low.

Full Safina Center species report here.
Full Seafood Watch 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.