Red Snapper


The​ Red Snapper,‍ scientifically named as Lutjanus campechanus, belongs⁣ to the Lutjanidae family. This vibrant species is ‍predominantly found in the Atlantic Ocean.

Conservation Status

As of 2020, the Red Snapper’s conservation status is listed ⁤as “Overfished” on the NOAA FishWatch. Federal⁢ U.S mandates have ​been ⁢put ‌in place to aid in ⁣the recovery of the ⁤species ⁤with specific regulations on bag and‍ size limits.

Conservation Efforts

Efforts to conserve ​the Red Snapper species include strict enforcement​ of fishing regulations, implementing catch limits, and establishing artificial reefs for habitat enhancement.


Statistic Average or⁤ Range
Length 20-40 inches (average), Up to ‍60 inches (range)
Weight 10-20⁤ pounds ‌(average), Up to 50 pounds (range)
Average Lifespan Up⁢ to 50 years


Primarily inhabiting the‌ Atlantic Ocean, Red Snappers appear from the U.S east coast down to⁣ Central America, across the⁣ Caribbean, ⁢and into ‌the Gulf of Mexico. These fish exhibit no noticeable migration⁢ patterns.


Water Type

Red‍ Snappers inhabit ⁣the salty waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

Depth Range

They are usually found ⁣at depths‌ of 30 to ⁢200 feet.

Temperature‍ Range

Although thriving in warmer waters, Red Snappers can adapt to a wide range of temperatures.

When and Where to See

Red Snappers are⁤ more active during the summer months, especially in the Gulf of Mexico. They tend to be more active during daylight hours.

Best Fishing Locations

Top ⁢Spots

  1. Dauphin Island, Alabama
  2. Galveston, Texas
  3. Clearwater, Florida
  4. Emerald Isle, North‌ Carolina
  5. Orange​ Beach, Alabama

General Tips

Look for structures like natural reefs, shipwrecks or oil platforms which Red⁣ Snappers use ​as habitats.

How to Catch

Preferred bait or lures

Live bait like shrimp, squid, or small fish attract Red Snapper.

Fishing Techniques

Bottom ​fishing is‌ the most effective technique, using a⁢ heavy lead sinker to keep the baited hook​ near the ocean⁤ floor.

Identification Guide

Red Snappers are ​characterized‌ by‌ their ⁣red body ​color, sloped profile, spiny dorsal fins,‌ and a swept-back tail. They are similar but larger than their cousin, the Gray Snapper.

Culinary Use

How to Cook

Red Snapper is best grilled, baked, or pan-seared.

Taste⁣ Profile

The‍ meat is mildly sweet with ‍a firm yet delicate texture.

Nutritional Information

A serving ⁢of Red Snapper provides lean protein, Vitamin ‌D, and Omega-3 fatty acids.

Additional⁤ Information


Red Snappers are‍ carnivorous,⁣ feeding on smaller fish, cephalopods, and ​crustaceans.

Predators⁣ and ‌Threats

Their main predators include larger⁢ fish like Sharks and Barracudas. Overfishing is the ​significant human-induced threat.

Cultural/Historical‍ Significance

In‌ various ⁤cultures, ⁢Red Snapper is considered a symbol of good luck and prosperity.

References and Further Reading