Snapper, Whole Queen

Product #: 11086W

Scientific Name: Etelis coruscans

Country of Origin: MU

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Snapper are known for their delicate, sweet, white meat. Many different species of snapper are harvested around the world and are marketed simply as snapper. Some are incorrectly called red snapper, which is a name that should only be used for true American red snapper (Lutjanus campechanus).

Snapper are found all over the world in tropical, semi tropical, and temperate seas.

Sustainability varies greatly between populations and regions. Some snapper reach maturity at a young age while others have long lives and mature much later. These and other biological characteristics affect their resiliency to fishing pressure. Populations in some areas may be severely depleted while others are healthy. Hook and line is typically the gear used to harvest snapper, though trawls and gillnets are both used in some regions. Nets tend to have far more bycatch and more negative impacts on habitat than hook and line.

The queen snapper, Etelis oculatus, is a species of snapper native to east of the Windward Islands and the Caribbean Sea. It is the only species of Etelis not native to the Indian and Pacific oceans. The species lives and is caught at depths of about 300 to 400 ft. The queen snapper is bright red on its upper and lower sides with large and yellow eyes. They are often called Ballbats for their shape is similar to a baseball bat. They are sometimes called Onaga, which is the Hawaiian longtailed snapper. They are cousins, but not quite the same species.

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