Standard Names: Crimson Snapper, Goldband Snapper, Saddleback Snapper, Saddletail Snapper
AMCS lists Tropical Snappers as SAY NO, and recommends as THINK TWICE fish from the QLD east coast over those from the north.
Vulnerable to fishing pressures and unlikely to be able to maintain stocks at current fishing levels.
Tropical Snappers belong to the same family as Sea Perches, such as Red Emperor, but are unrelated to the Bream family, of which the common Snapper is a member. Confused?!
The Tropical Snappers are well regarded eating fish, found in rock and reef habitats across the Northern tropical waters of Australia. They are taken by trawls, lines and traps in northern WA, NT and QLD.
CORAL TROUT have moist, white flesh that is highly regarded and is a suitable alternative to that of the Tropical Snappers, whether poaching, steaming or frying.
RED EMPEROR, a relative of the Tropical Snappers, can be used in their place in most recipes, whether Frying, Grilling, Poaching or Steaming.