Yellowtail Snapper

Found from Florida to Brazil this shallow water snapper seldom weighs more than five pounds and has an average market size of 1.5 pounds.  This snapper looses considerable flavor the longer it is held even on ice, so the quicker and fresher the better. Tasty Seafood’s policy of importing only fish from short trips means we ensure your fish reaches you in premium condition. Its yellow stripe that runs from its nose to tail makes it easily recognized. The Yellowtail has a finer texture than other snapper with white sweet flesh. Although they have been found as far north as Massachusetts, their normal range is along Florida south to the West Indies and Brazil. This species is mostly found around coral reefs, but may be found in other habitats. They occur at depths of from near the surface to 180 metres (590 ft), though mostly between 10 and 70 m (33 and 230 ft). This species can reach a length of 86.3 cm (34.0 in), though most do not exceed 40 cm (16 in). The greatest weight recorded for this species is 4.1 kg (9.0 lb). It is a commercially important species and has been farmed. Yellowtail Snapper’s name is descriptive in itself but the scientific name of the yellowtail snapper roughly translates to “swift-swimming golden fish.” Characterized by a prominent lateral yellow stripe running from snout to tail, this snapper is considered by culinary experts to be one of the tastiest fish harvested fresh from Florida waters. This delicate, nutritious fish can be compared in texture and flavor to its cousin, the Florida red snapper and can be seasoned and cooked in a variety of ways.