Red Snapper Aquaculture

The red snapper, Lutjanus campechanus, supports a valuable fishery in the Gulf of Mexico and has been designated as an overfished species by NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries).


Culture of Red Snapper

Figure 1. Red Snapper spawners.

Figure 2. Artificial spawning of Red Snapper female

Figure 3. Egg hatching vessels.

Figure 4. Newly hatched Red Snapper larva.

Figure 5. Copepod larva used for red snapper food.

Figure 6. Rearing system for juvenile red snapper

Figure 7. Juvenile snapper being tagged with coded wire prior to release.

Figure 8. Tagged fish being transported to offshore site in fish boxes

Figure 9. Divers taking fish to artificial reef

Figure 10 Released fish on artificial reef

Figure 11. Recaptured fish

Red Snapper Aquaculture Team