(U.S., Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic Wild-caught)
Vermilion snapper populations in the U.S. are below management's target abundance, but not thought to be overfished, thus making it a "Good Alternative."
Beeliners, Night Snappers
Vermilion snapper can be imported from other countries. Many varieties of snapper exist and each carries a different recommendation so make sure to ask the fish's type and origin.
Vermilion snapper comprises about 40% of all commercial snapper landings in the U.S. It is fished in the Gulf of Mexico and the South Atlantic. Red and yellowtail snapper make up the other snapper fisheries.
In the South Atlantic, assessments indicate that vermilion snapper populations are below management's target abundance levels, but not overfished, and overfishing is no longer occurring. However, the stock may be at risk for overfishing in the future, and more data on their populations will help know this for certain.
The size of the Gulf of Mexico vermilion snapper population is highly uncertain, but has been generally declining over the past 50 years. Vermilion snapper populations have been actively managed through annual quotas, size and trip limits, and seasonal closures. As a result, the Gulf of Mexico vermilion snapper population, where most of the fishing takes place, may be improving.
Commercial fishermen target yellowtail snapper primarily with hook-and-line , and also catch vulnerable grouper species.