The Yellowtail Snapper is considered as one of the larger species of the chirping shrimp family and also the most diverse one in terms of size. As a result, they can be found in a number of different bodies of water from slow moving rivers to large bodies of ocean. The name “yellowtail” comes from the yellow “teardrop” marking on their head. This pattern on the head is what gives this fish its distinctive look. It has a dorsal fin that is rounded with a pointed crest.
These types of shrimp are found all throughout the world but are primarily found in freshwater habitats ranging from south to north america, from the southern california to central florida. These large mouthfuls can grow up to thirty pounds in weight and can live between twelve and eighteen years. They can breed anywhere from two to four fry at a time. In the natural environment, a yellowtail snapper will spawn during the months of June and July.
The typical diet of the yellowtail snapper includes anchovies, sardines, rock mackerel, trout, and any other bait they can find in the area. They also enjoy eating crustaceans, insects, snails and anything else they can ride along in their mouths. Their bottoms will end up a great distance from where their tail ends. To be able to find them, you will have to scuba dive into some of the colder parts of coastal bays in southern california and florida. If you want to see them at depths below thirty inches, you will have to take a boat tour out to these depths.
A yellowtail snapper will hit a depth of between ten and twenty five feet in southern california waters. You will have to go snorkeling in the warmer months to see this fish in the Caribbean waters. It is not common to see a fish reaching this deep, so do not expect to see your car on the bottom any time soon.
In the springtime, yellowtail snapper will be found around pots and rocks, but not during the summer months. In the fall and winter, they are usually seen around piers, pilings, and structures that support anchovy reefs. You can see them on dead submerged rock faces when looking at the surface of the water. If you do not want to snorkel, you can just walk or drive right up to the piers to check out this fish caught in the shallow waters. If it is a fish caught on the surface, it may take thirty minutes to forty-five for a good photograph.
A big part of the success of the yellowtail snapper in the Caribbean is the ability to go to many different depths. In the past, species were restricted to living at specific depths because of their physical structure and limitations in moving to deeper waters. There have been recent updates to the species’ diving tolerance, which allows them to explore many depths. The end result has been a sharp increase in fish catch as divers continue to work to improve the fisheries in this fish fishery management plan.
Many of the populations and targeting of the yellowtail snapper has resulted in a very large harvest. Because of that, they are limited in their ability to reproduce. This has led to an increase in the catch of other species that have been over harvested in the past. Some of those species have included: albatross, wader bird, black drum, arctic seal, blue marlin, and harlequin shark.
Although there are limitations on where the yellowtail snapper can be caught, they are still a highly migratory fish. They like to move from deep water to shallow waters throughout their range. Their migration can be attributed to the need for food and to avoid predators on their way back to their spawning grounds. Divers and researchers have found that when the fish is harvested too soon, or is exchanged between different fish catching vessels, the numbers of fish in the area decrease and the species that remain are severely impacted.