Fisheries Resources Division Scientists Discuss Opah With National Geographic

While opah are not targeted, they are caught occasionally by local recreational anglers and are taken incidentally in commercial fisheries targeting tuna and swordfish that operate out of California. In recent years there appears to have been an upsurge in opah catch and the rich meat has become increasingly popular in seafood markets. National Geographic recently spoke with Fisheries Resources Division researchers, John Hyde and Owyn Snodgrass, about the little-known opah in their article "Rarely Seen Moonfish, Size of Manhole Cover, Caught on Camera". The previous link is a link to Non-Federal government web site. Click to review NOAA Fisheries Disclaimer

SWFSC scientists have recently started studying the opah's movements, physiology and genetic structure, which has led to fascinating new insight.  

Read more: 
SWFSC’s Opah Research in the Eastern Pacific Ocean
Runcie et al. "Evidence for cranial endothermy in opah (Lampris guttatus)" 
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Opah Image Credit: Elea Medina NOAA