Traceable Species

Ta'ape (Snapper)


Common Bluestripe Snapper

Ta'ape (Snapper)

Ta’ape, or bluestripe snapper, is named after its four bright blue stripes running along the side of it body. Its native range is quite extensive, from the Indian Ocean to Central Pacific. However, the species was introduced to Hawai’i from Tahiti in 1956 along with its cousin, the blacktail snapper. In Hawai’I, Ta’ape are considered an invasive species that competes with native species for food and habitat. Although it is a reef fish, it is sometimes caught along with bottomfish along the outer slopes of reefs.

Ta’ape is bright yellow with the lower sides and underside of its head fading to white. All its fins are bright yellow. Fishermen often catch it while targeting Hawai’i’s “Deep Seven” bottomfish. It is typically marketed fresh and whole, and is a cheap alternative for more expensive native reef fish. 

Ta'ape (Snapper)

Ta‘ape reach sexual maturity between 7 and10 inches. Spawning occurs year round. In the Andaman Sea, peak spawning activity is seen from November to March. Adults inhabit anywhere from shallow lagoons to coral reefs to outer reef slopes at depths of up to 500 feet. They are often seen in large schools in and around caves and coral formations. Ta‘ape eat small fish, invertebrates, and are known to eat a variety of plant and algae material. In its native region, the blue stripes running along the side of Ta‘ape mimic that of the goatfish, Mulloidichthys mimicus. The goatfish swim alongside the snapper, mimicking it for protection against predators. The goatfish is more desirable for predators than the Ta‘ape.

Food Info Ta'ape (Snapper)


TASTING NOTES

  • Color: clear, light pink flesh  
  • Texture: soft and moist flesh
  • Flavor: delicate, mild sweet taste
  • Perfect serve: Ta‘ape is most commonly grilled, fried, baked, steamed or sauteed. 
HOW TO CHOOSE A QUALITY TA'APE (SNAPPER)
Species Range
Ta Source: Fishbase.org
COMMON NAMES
Common Bluestripe Snapper
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.

Fishing Methods

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Hook and Line Reef Fishing

This fishery uses a variety of artisanal methods to catch reef fish, including handlines, and pole and lines. Catch rates are low, usually only a few pounds per hour with little bycatch (discards). These small-scale fishing methods are similar to those traditionally used by native Hawaiians.

FISHERIES:

Featured Harvester Bernie Berry

Mangrove Crab Harvester

Canavieiras, Brazil

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