Snapper, Gray / Jobfish, Green (Uku) – Hawaii
The Gray Snapper (or Green Jobfish) is a shallow-water snapper found throughout the western Pacific and Indian Ocean, often found on coral reefs. They gather in large numbers in the summer to reproduce, or spawn, a behavior which make them easy targets to fisherman, increasing their vulnerability to overfishing.
The largest numbers of Gray Snapper are caught in the Hawaiian bottomfish fishery, which is managed by the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (WPFMC) through gear and area restrictions. The current abundance of Gray Snapper is uncertain.
They are typically caught with handlines, which causes minimal habitat damage. However, other species of high conservation concern may be targeted or caught as bycatch.