The Snapper is a warmer water fish, which gets its name from the energetic way it shuts its mouth, and is highly sought after. Red snapper, in particular, is at the top of the popularity list.
Snappers range from Long Island to Brazil, but the Gulf of Mexico is where the highest quality American Snappers are caught. The heaviest domestic landings occur in Florida during the summer months.
Snappers are a reef fish so the possibility
of ciguatera poisoning exists. Ciguatera is an area specific toxin
not species specific. It is caused by the reef fish eating the
flesh of a toxic fish that inhabits tropical waters. The incidence
of poisoning are low but care should be taken not to purchase fish landed
in known hot spots.