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Snapper

snapperSnapper are a marine salt water species that occurs naturally in Australia and New Zealand. Snapper are usually pinkish red on the upper sides and top and silvery/white below. The body is covered by small blue speckles and their tails and fins are tipped in blue.

They are a great looking fish as well as a great eating fish. They are one of the most popular sporting and eating fishes in Australia & New Zealand. They can grow to 1.3m in length and at least 20kg in weight but most of ours are less than 1kg in weight.

Snapper can be quite common in the wild if you are at the right spot at the right time. Both commercial and recreational fishing has impacted on the wild fish stocks creating good opportunities for aquaculture to meet increasing demand.

Breeding Information

Snapper are summer breeders that will breed dependant on the water temperature and day length. Any time from late spring is good for snapper and we can get them to breed earlier if we manipulate the temperature and the light over the tanks. At this stage we have not done so but do intend to start in the near future.

Snapper will breed naturally themselves in our 10,000 litre breeding tanks. We can also induce them to breed by injecting them with hormones.

Currently our first snapper breeding occurred last October/November and we will maintain our broodstock and add to our broodstock for the coming breeding season starting October 2007.

Snapper in tankSnapper 
                                            are a great eating fish

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