The Silk Snapper, or Yelloweyed Snapper, is a mixture of beautiful pinks and reds, with reddish or yellow fins and eyes. A relatively small Snapper, it weighs usually less than 5 pounds. The species is commonly found in the western Atlantic from northern South America to North Carolina. It is found in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean as well as Bermuda. Spawning occurs from late spring through the summer. The Silk Snapper feeds on crabs, shrimp and fishes. Silk Snapper has a pinkish meat that is lean, moist and sweet with a mild although distinctive flavor. Silk Snapper is caught longline and hook and line. In the U.S. and Gulf of Mexico the fishery is regulated by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.