Opakapaka (Pristipomoides filamentosus) Crimson Snapper,
Vivaneau French, Schnapper, German, Lutiano Italian,
Kinme Himedai; Ohimedai Japanese
Opakapaka are medium depth fish caught at depths between 180 and 600 feet and are commonly known as crimson snapper or Hawaiian pink snapper, although its skin is often light brown. Fish caught in areas with hard bottoms have brighter skin colors than those caught over soft bottoms.
Although this species occurs throughout the tropical Pacific with the largest fish caught around the Hawaiian Islands. Opakapaka can reach a size of 12 to 18 pounds. Opakapaka of this size could be at least 10 years old.
Peak in landings occur during October through February, particularly in the fishery around the main Hawaiian Islands
The yield of fillet from a whole fish averages about 45%
Opakapaka fillets are well suited for an array of
preparations, including baking, poaching and sautéing, Opakapaka is also
used to make sashimi.