Blue Ocean Institute


Species is relatively abundant, and fishing methods cause little damage to habitat and other wildlife.
Snapper, Vermilion – US These fish contain levels of mercury or PCBs that may pose a health risk to adults and children.

Vermilion Snapper are found from North Carolina to Brazil and throughout the Gulf of Mexico. They reach sexual maturity at a young age and produce many offspring, spawning multiple times per year.

Vermilion Snapper are abundant in the Gulf of Mexico, but are undergoing overfishing in the U.S. South Atlantic though the population is not considered overfished.

The majority of fishermen use hook-and-line gear to catch Vermilion Snapper, which has little impact on bottom habitat and results in moderate levels of bycatch.

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.