Last updated on 27 March 2018
A stock assessment performed for yellowtail snapper in Mexican waters found it to be maximally utilised on the Campeche Bank and collapsed from Tamaulipas to Tabasco (Arreguín-Sánchez and Arcos-Huitrón 2011). Some studies on the reproductive biology (Trejo-Martínez et al. 2010) and on the diet (Rincón-Sandoval et al. 2009) of yellowtail snappers in Gulf of Mexico were developed recently.
Last updated on 4 March 2018
The National Fisheries Institute (Instituto Nacional de Pesca, INAPESCA) belongs to the Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (Secretaría de Agricultura, Ganadería, Desarrollo Rural, Pesca y Alimentación, SAGARPA) and coordinates and conducts scientific and technological research on fisheries and aquaculture resources (FAO 2005) and provides the advice for CONAPESCA. Since 2000 INAPESCA creates the National Fisheries Chart (Carta Nacional Pesquera, CNP) which should be updated yearly and is developed under the Fisheries Law. The CNP constitutes a state of the art review of Mexican fisheries (by species or group of species) and defines guidelines, strategies and measures for conservation, protection and management of the fishing resources.
No specific scientific recommendations are known to exist for yellowtail snapper. General advice for the assemblage is to continue to control access with a gear-specific permit system, focusing on selectivity (SAGARPA 2012).
Last updated on 04 Mar 2018
Total snapper assemblage catch should not exceed 4,295t (80% of historical maximum) in the Gulf of Mexico. No reference points are prescribed at species level (SAGARPA 2012).
Last updated on 27 February 2018
Yellowtail snapper is maximally utilised on the Campeche Bank and collapsed from Tamaulipas to Tabasco (Arreguín-Sánchez and Arcos-Huitrón 2011). Other sources consider the stock fished “at the sustainable maximum” in Tamaulipas, Quintana Roo and Tabasco (SAGARPA 2012). Total landings were 1,620 tons in 2012 but have been around 2,500 tons in 2016 and 2017.
Last updated on 27 Feb 2018
Landings oscillated around 300 tons and 500 tons in the 1970s. After increased to 2,220 tons in 1981 and declined to historical minimum in 1985 with 270 tons. The maximum was attained in 1990 at 3,200 tons and since then fluctuated between 500 – 1,900 tons (Diario Oficial de la Federacion (DOF) 2014). Abundance levels and exploitation levels are not available.
Due to deterioration of red grouper (Epinephelus morio), some species of snappers such as yellowtail snapper are now more frequently targeted by commercial fishers (Trejo-Martínez et al. 2010).