Scientific Name Pargus Auratus
Alternative Name(s) New Zealand Snapper, Australasian Snapper, Silver Seabream
Maori Name(s) Tamure (Adult), Karati (Juvenile)
Typical Length 300 - 600mm
 Typical Weight 1 - 20kg
 Physical Description

Snapper are usually a pink, orange or reddish-brown colour on top, with a silvery-white on the bottom.

  Location / Habitat

Snapper spawn in inshore areas and tend to live around reefs and rocky areas up to 200m in depth. They’re found most prominently around the North Island and the top of the South Island.


Snapper is a favourite amongst many New Zealanders for it’s versatility in the kitchen and beautiful flavour.

  Snapper Recipes

Asian Style Snapper – NZ Fishing World

Pan-fried snapper with lemon butter – Bite