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Profile updated on 20 June 2022

SUMMARY

SUMMARY

IDENTIFICATION

SCIENTIFIC NAME(s)

Ocyurus chrysurus

SPECIES NAME(s)

Yellowtail snapper, Gaiúba

COMMON NAMES

yellowtail

The species is found in the Western Central Atlantic region, from the US Atlantic coast, Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea, to Brazil. The stock structure is not clearly understood. Some studies mentioned that differences were not detected between the Florida Keys and western Caribbe (including Belize, Yucatan Peninsula and Campeche Bank) (O’Hop et al. 2012) while other genetic analyses revealed the occurrence of up to four groupings (stocks) of yellowtail snapper: one in the Florida Keys, one along the west coast of Puerto Rico, one that includes the east coast of Puerto Rico and St. Thomas and one offshore of St. Croix (Saillant et al. 2012). However, it’s not known if differences exist between the Gulf of Mexico and the West Caribbean. The US-South Atlantic (SA) and Northern Gulf of Mexico (GOM) regions are combined for the stock assessment but are managed separately. This profile refers to the Northern Gulf of Mexico and the Western Central Atlantic assessment unit.


ANALYSIS

Strengths
  • Management is based on results of peer-reviewed stock assessments relative to explicitly defined biological reference points.

FISHSOURCE SCORES

Management Quality:

Management Strategy:

≥ 8

Managers Compliance:

10.0

Fishers Compliance:

10.0