Yellowtail Snapper


Family Lutjanidae, SNAPPERS
Ocyurus chrysurus

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Description: back and upper sides olive to bluish with yellow spots; lower sides and belly with alternating narrow, longitudinal pink and yellow stripes; prominent midlateral yellow stripe begins at mouth and runs to tail, broadening as it passes the dorsal fins; caudal fin yellow and deeply forked; no dark lateral spot.

Similar Fish: none.

Where found: juveniles INSHORE on grassbeds and back reefs; adults NEARSHORE or OFFSHORE over sandy areas near reefs.

Possession and Size Limits: 10 per person in snapper aggregate, 12” TL.

Federal Recreational Season: None

Size: common to 3 pounds.

Remarks: found mainly in tropical waters; spawns in midsummer; rarely exceeds 30 inches and 5 pounds in size; feeds on small fish and invertebrates.

Stock Status: According to 2011/12 Southeastern US Yellowtail Snapper Assessment, Yellowtail snapper are neither overfished, nor experiencing overfishing. No assessment of yellowtail snapper is currently scheduled.