Snapper, Vermilion – US
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.
This fish may have high levels of mercury that could pose a health risk to adults and children. More mercury info here.