Traceable Species

Gindai (Snapper)


Oblique-banded Snapper, Flower Snapper, Golden Snapper, Brigham’s Snapper, ‘Ukikiki

Gindai (Snapper)

Gindai, or Oblique-banded Snapper, is named after its four oblique orange or yellow bars on its side. Gindai is the Japanese name for this fish, meaning “gold snapper” likely because of its golden yellow bars. It is one of Hawai’I’s “deep seven” bottomfish species, and ranges from the Indian to Pacific Ocean. Gindai live near underwater headlands and areas of high relief such as seamounts anywhere from 600 to 1,000 feet deep.

Gindai is one of the more brightly colored deep-sea snappers being pink or reddish in color. Besides its brilliantly colored bars, its dorsal fin and tail are also yellow. Gindai is most commonly, grilled, fried, baked, steamed or sauteed.

Gindai (Snapper)

Gindai feed predominately on small fishes, shrimp, crab and other invertebrates. Like many of the other bottomfish, Gindai reach peak spawning in the summer months, from July through September, with peak spawning times in late summer. Their pelagic eggs are released into the water column. The pelagic larvae swim freely for about 25 days until they move to deeper water before settling down on the ocean floor where they will spend the remainder of their adult life. Like many of the deep ocean snappers of Hawai‘i, Gindai live near underwater headlands and areas of high relief such as seamounts anywhere from 600 to 1,000 feet deep.

Food Info Gindai (Snapper)


TASTING NOTES

  • Color: clear, light pink flesh  
  • Texture: soft and moist with flakey sweet flesh
  • Flavor: delicate, mild sweet taste
  • Perfect serve: Gindai is most commonly, grilled, fried, baked, steamed or sauteed. 
HOW TO CHOOSE A QUALITY GINDAI (SNAPPER)
Species Range
Gindai (Snapper) range Source: Fishbase.org
COMMON NAMES
Oblique-banded Snapper
Flower Snapper
Golden Snapper
Brigham’s Snapper
‘Ukikiki
These crabs mate at the time of maturity, which is approximately 3 years of age. Females are smaller than males; this is because the development of reproductive tissues required more energy for females, leaving less energy available for continued body growth. They grow through a process known as molting—regularly shedding their shell and growing a new, larger one. They continue to molt and grow after they have reached sexual maturity. During the breeding season, the crabs leave their borrows in a phenomenon characterized by mass mate-searching events. Once mating/fertilization has occurred, females spawns in the water. The larvae released during the rainy season develop in offshore waters and return to coastal waters five to eight weeks after larval release.
Mangrove crabs are important fishery resources in all Brazilian coast, mainly in the north and northeast where many fishermen depend upon their catch. In addition to its social and economic importance, the mangrove crab is a “keystone” species in ecosystem, they playing an important role in the processes of nutrient cycling and energy transfer.

Featured Harvester Bernie Berry

Mangrove Crab Harvester

Canavieiras, Brazil

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