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

Yellowtail Snapper are found in the Atlantic from New England to southeastern Brazil, although they are most common in tropical regions like the Bahamas, Florida and the Caribbean.  They are a fast growing species that reaches sexual maturity at a young age and can produce many eggs.

The abundance of Yellowtail Snapper is considered healthy in the U.S. South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.

The primary gear used to catch Yellowtail Snapper vertical is hook-and-line gear, which has a low impact on the seafloor. However, the fishery catches some depleted grouper species.

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.