Snapper, despite spawning in inshore areas, tend to live around reefs and rocky areas up to 200m in depth. They are copper-pink coloured on the top and silver-white on the sides and belly.
Adult snapper can grow up to one meter in length and can live for over 60 years.
The snapper fishery is on of the largest coastal fisheries in New Zealand and is the largest recreational fishery in New Zealand. The recreational fisheries account for over 40% of all snapper catch.
The total allowable commercial catch for snapper has recently been set at 6,407,300 kg for the year ending 30 September 2019.