Snapper, Tai – New Zealand, Longline, Beach Seine & Gillnet
New Zeleand Tai Snapper are found in subtropical regions of the western Pacific Ocean including New Zealand, Australia, China and Japan. Juvenile Snapper inhabit muddy estuaries, while adults mostly inhabit rocky reefs, but are also found in mud and sea grass habitats.
In New Zealand, Tai Snapper are a commercially important fishery. Due to prudent fisheries management, most Tai Snapper populations in New Zealand are stable or recovering from their previously overfished status.
New Zeleand Tai Snapper are caught with a variety of fishing gears. Fishing with bottom longlines, beach seines, or gillnets causes moderate damage to seafloor habitats and results in some bycatch. Longlines may incidentally capture seabirds.