Opakapaka fillets are well suited for an array of preparations, including baking, poaching and sautéing. Reputation as Hawaii's premium table snapper.

Firm, Delicate, Light Pink Flesh

Fish caught during the winter months seem to have a higher fat content than those caught in the summer, and Opakapaka yields the best sashimi during the winter season. The smaller-sized fish harvested off the main Hawaiian Islands are directed toward the ethnic restaurant and household retail markets in Hawaii, where opakapaka is often prepared by steaming or baking fish with the head on. In these markets, opakapaka is also used to make sashimi and fish head soup.

Quick Facts

  • Species Name


  • Latin Name

    Pristipomoides filamentosus

  • Origin

    Hawaii & Open Pacific

  • Harvest Method

    Hook & Line

  • Range & Habitat

    Southern Pacific & Hawaii

  • Producer

    New Zealand Seafood Import

Year Round

Range & Habitat

about the fishery

New Zealand Seafood Import

From the tightest fisheries management available, our New Zealand Seafood Import specialties offer some of the freshest direct seafood. The ideals of the New Zealand Fisheries carry throughout the program.

From the Fishery:

To us, sustainable fishing, farming, processing, and sourcing means:

Our fish always comes from well-managed fisheries, or those with Fisheries Improvement Plans in place with healthy stocks. We continue to undertake research to ensure we manage fisheries with the best practices and quality of scientific information available.
The methods we use to fish and farm are aimed to reduce unintended impacts. This means ensuring we utilize the fish we catch, avoid significant negative impact on young fish or their habitat and develop the best practices to reduce the risk of bycatching marine animals and seabirds.
We make sure we minimize impacts on any endangered or threatened species by using technology, research, and mitigation programs, as well as supporting protection areas.
We trace our products from boat to plate.

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