Fisheries Infosite

Red Snapper 2,3,4,5,6,7,8, and 9 (Combined) (RSN2)
Maori name
Scientific name
Centroberyx affinis

Physical characteristics

Red Snapper have a bright red body and white marks on the scales. They can reach a maximum length of 55 cm, but most adults average 30-40 cm.

Life cycle

Red Snapper are thought to have a maximum age of 30-40 years. Nothing is known about the reproductive cycle of Red Snapper.


Red Snapper is found in northern New Zealand at depths to 500 m in open water and around deep reefs.

Key statistics
Reported commercial catch1 (tonnes)
Quota value estimate2 (NZ$m)
Exports estimate2 (NZ$m)
1 Reported commercial catch is calculated for the 12 month period to 30/09/2025
2 Quota value and exports are calculated pro-rata to reported commercial catch for the 12 month period to 30/09/2025