Snapper, Pink (Opakapaka) – Hawaii
Opakapaka is a large-bodied, long-lived snapper, found in deep waters throughout the Indo-Pacific from East Africa to Hawaii.
In Hawaii, Opakapaka are caught in a mixed fishery with other deep water snappers and groupers, which collectively are called the Hawaii Deep 7 Bottomfish complex. These species are managed through annual catch limits and closed fishing areas. While the Deep 7 Bottomfish complex as a whole is considered to have a healthy abundance, the abundance of individual species is unknown. Catches of Opakapaka are the highest of all the Deep 7 species.
Opakapaka are caught with handlines, which causes little damage to bottom habitats. Few non-target species are caught, however a species of high conservation concern (Hawaiian grouper) is targeted in the Deep 7 Bottomfish fishery.