Blacktail Snapper – Hawaii
Blacktail snapper are native to the Indo-Pacific and were intentionally introduced to Hawaii during the 1950s. Blacktail snapper’s expansion has been classified as modest and limited to the Main Hawaiian Islands. Abundance of this species is unknown but is of low concern as they are non-native. Concern does exist that these snapper are threatening native Hawaiian species. To date there is no evidence of negative ecological interactions.
Blacktail snapper are generally not target species for fishermen caught with surround nets, handlines and diver/spear. They are managed moderately with little concern of bycatch.
Some concern of ecosystem impacts exist and more policies are needed to address these concerns.