Snapper – Blue Green

Snapper – Blue Green (Aprion virescens)



Catch fish in shallow waters (up to 360 feet deep) using vertical hook-and-line gear or deepwater handline gear with power reels. Can also catch near the surface with trolling lures. Best to catch May through July.


Keep chilled in ice. Can be frozen for longer storage.


  • Wash fish well before use.
  • Remove guts and cut flesh with a knife.
  • Can be eaten raw.
  • Can be baked, steamed, sautéed, or made into soup.
  • Can be cooked whole.
  • (Hawaii Seafood Council, 2012)

Photo Source

Benjamin Naden (via Flickr)


Blue-green snapper is a bottom fish and is also calleduku or green jobfish. The flesh is firm, moist, delicate in flavor, and clear, translucent pink in color (Hawaii Seafood Council, 2012).

Traditional Names
  • Hawaiian – ukupalu
  • Marshallese – laum
  • Palauan – udel
  • Yapese – yaiuyeou