Snapper 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
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.
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.