The Safina Center

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Some problems exist with this species' status or catch methods, or information is insufficient for evaluating. Snapper, Yellowtail- Brazil 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.

Yellowtail Snapper are found in the Atlantic Ocean from New England to southeastern Brazil. In Brazil, they grow at moderate rates, reach sexual maturity by 3 years and can produce many eggs.

Yellowtail Snapper are considered over-exploited in Brazil, and management is mostly lacking in protecting and rebuilding their numbers.

Hook-and-lines are a common fishing method for Yellowtail Snapper in Brazil, which causes little damage to bottom habitat and results in low 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.