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Quality mark Cultivation
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General

Coral fish

Coral fish is a collective name for the brightly coloured fish living in tropical and subtropical waters. Demand for this type of fish is not significant in the Netherlands. Species that can be found at the Dutch market are parrotfish, snappers, lionfish and doctorfish.

Often, it is very difficult to trace back the origin and fishing methods of these fish. Additionally, regulation and management of the fisheries can be very poor in countries of origin. Catches are not registered and there is little control on fishing methods. The use of cyanide and dynamite to fish on the reefs are common methods. This is extremely detrimental to the ecological status of the reefs and the entire ocean.

Snapper ENG

There are many species of snapper on the market. Their colouration varies from red to greyish green. Red snapper is the most well known and a favourite species under consumers. Snappers are tropical or semi-tropical fish, found worldwide. Adult snappers live solitary around under water structures as reefs, rocks and oil platforms. Juveniles are often found in schools in shallow waters, and find safety from predators in mangroves forests. On average they reach 60-160 cm and weigh 3-60 kg. Red snapper is one of the smaller snapper species reaching up to 60 cm length and 3 kg.

 

Snapper ENG

Lutjanus spp.
Origin

Worldwide

Farming- / Catch method

Handlines and pole-lines (hand operated)

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Explanation assessment

There are many snapper species, but mainly red snapper is caught. Although there is limited data on the  catches and the size of the stock, it is known that snapper species are overfished in a lot of  countries.

There is almost no management for the international fishery on snapper. Catches are hardly registered and there are no (precautionary) measures taken to prevent overfishing. Snappers are only managed well in countries like Australia.

 

Snapper ENG

Lutjanus spp.
Origin

Worldwide

Farming- / Catch method

Trawls, Set longlines, Gillnets

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Explanation assessment

There are many snapper species, but mainly red snapper is caught. Although there is limited data on the  catches and the size of the stock, it is known that snapper species are overfished in a lot of  countries.

There is almost no management for the international fishery on snapper. Catches are hardly registered and there are no (precautionary) measures taken to prevent overfishing. Snappers are only managed well in countries like Australia.

 

Snapper ENG

Lutjanus spp.
Origin

Worldwide

Farming- / Catch method

Dynamite and cyanide

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Fish stocks and fishing pressure
Ecosystem effects
Fishery management
Final assessment
Explanation assessment

There are many snapper species, but mainly red snapper is caught. Although there is limited data on the  catches and the size of the stock, it is known that snapper species are overfished in a lot of  countries.

Snapper is also caught with dynamite or cyanide. These methods are disastrous for the ecosystem. Colourful and lively coral reefs are changed into submarine cemetaries, without life, bleak, and vulnerable to erosion by waves. In Indonesia and the Philippines the fishing with cyanide is forbidden, but there is little enforcement. Snappers are only managed well in countries like Australia.

There is almost no management for the international fishery on snapper. Catches are hardly registered and there are no (precautionary) measures taken to prevent overfishing.

ASC label

Fish with the ASC label is farmed in a sustainable manner.

MSC label

Fish with the MSC label is caught sustainably.

Good fish

This fish is not being overfished or is being responsibly farmed, with minimal impact on the environment.

Second choice

This fish is a second choice. There are still some improvements to be made in this fishery or fish farm.

Avoid

Do not buy this fish. It's being overfished or the way it's farmed or caught has a negative impact on the environment.

By-catch

This fish is unwillingly caught while fishing for a different species. They are underused and should be eaten more.

GlobalG.A.P.

GlobalG.A.P. certified farms are doing a step in the right direction in terms of sustainability. A few species with this label are getting a better score on the VISwijzer.

Organic

Organic standards are the strictest when it comes to fish feed. They also require certain measures for animal well-being.

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