Blue Ocean Institute

lemon sharks in Bimini study area

Species is relatively abundant, and fishing methods cause little damage to habitat and other wildlife.
Snapper, Yellowtail – US 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 in the Caribbean is unknown, but it is considered healthy in the US South Atlantic. Yellowtail Snappers support commercial fisheries off the southeastern United States, Cuba and the Caribbean.

The primary gear Used to catch Yellowtail Snapper is hook-and-line gear, which has a very low impact on the seafloor and catches 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.