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INVASIVE TAAPE
Curator: Ashley Watts, Local I’a Chef: Lawrence Lau, Senor Pake
Invasive species, such as the taape, are bought and sold at a high price to encourage fishers to catch more of them in order to positively benefit the ecosystem of which they are intruding and taking resources from. This species of fish was actually introduced to the waters of the state many years ago to relieve consumption pressure of other snapper species such as Onaga and Opakapaka. These populations were overfished due to their popularity and were subsequently regulated by the State after little improvement from this introduction of another species and other attempts.
Currently, as a result of heavy regulations and no take periods, their populations are healthy, but as is the taape population. The taape have thrived on the resources they take from the native species simply by existing in the same ecosystem. Therefore, to help restore the balance of our island coastal ecosystems, the taape population must be reduced. Eating invasive species is an excellent way to positively contribute to sustainability!

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2019 Variety Showcase Oahu
INVASIVE TAAPE<br />
Curator: Ashley Watts, Local I’a Chef: Lawrence Lau, Senor Pake<br />
Invasive species, such as the taape, are bought and sold at a high price to encourage fishers to catch more of them in order to positively benefit the ecosystem of which they are intruding and taking resources from. This species of fish was actually introduced to the waters of the state many years ago to relieve consumption pressure of other snapper species such as Onaga and Opakapaka. These populations were overfished due to their popularity and were subsequently regulated by the State after little improvement from this introduction of another species and other attempts.<br />
Currently, as a result of heavy regulations and no take periods, their populations are healthy, but as is the taape population. The taape have thrived on the resources they take from the native species simply by existing in the same ecosystem. Therefore, to help restore the balance of our island coastal ecosystems, the taape population must be reduced. Eating invasive species is an excellent way to positively contribute to sustainability!