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Yellowtail Snapper

Fish / Ocyurus chrysurus
Length 34"
Conservation Status
Not Evaluated

Snappers have an oval-shaped body. The deep fork of their caudal fin helps them swim quickly through the water. Their name comes from a yellow line that begins at the snout, widens down the length of the body, and covers their entire tail. Yellowtail have a slightly sweet flesh, making them a popular game fish. They are not currently being overfished and are a good sustainable seafood choice. The yellowtail snapper is not listed as endangered or vulnerable with the World Conservation Union (IUCN). Shrimp trawlers account for a large portion of the total fishing mortality on this snapper, as juveniles occur in nursery areas that often contain large numbers of shrimp.

They are found along the North American coast of the Atlantic Ocean
Adults live over sandy areas near deep reefs, smaller adults are found over hard bottom habitats and juveniles live in seagrass beds.
Adults feed on invertebrates - crabs, shrimp, cephalopods, and worms, as well as smaller fish. Juveniles feed on plankton
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