Wahoo (Ono) Fish
Ono fish gets its name from the Hawaiian word "ono" which means "good to eat". It is closely related to King Mackerel and is marketed both as Ono and Wahoo.
Wahoo (Ono) Flavor Profile
Ono has mild-sweet tasting flesh with a firm texture, moderate fat, and large, circular flakes when cooked. Their flesh is a beautiful white color and remains white when cooked. Fillets have less blood-line than similar pelagic fish which means they have a higher yield from purchased fillets to useable portions. Shelf life for Wahoo is relatively short...up to 10 days if properly cared for.
Typical Cooking Methods
Ono, Kingfish, Tiger Fish, Ocean Barracuda, Ono Fish, Peto, Guarapucu, Thazard Barard
Ono (Wahoo) Description (Acanthocybium solandri)
Wahoo is a member of the Scombridae family and is characterized by its very elongated, tuna-like body, dark blue-green on the top and silver on the sides, with a very short snout, a massive set of teeth, and a very elongated continuous dorsal fin. It also has 24 to 30 distinguishing blue bars, some of which are double Y-shaped, on its sides. Wahoo (Ono) have been recorded at up to 2.5 meters (8 ft) in length, and weighing up to 83 kilograms (180 pounds), but average commercial weight is 8-30 pounds. Wahoo can swim up to 75 kilometers (47 miles) per hour.
Wahoo (Ono) Fresh Availability
Fresh seafood availability chart: green areas show peak availability, light green show limited availability, gray indicates not available fresh. Frozen available all year long.
Ono Butchering Yield Percentage and Recovery
|Item||To Skin/On Fillets||To Skin/Off Fillets||Notes|
|Whole Round ungutted||--||--||To Dressed H/On = 75%|
|Whole Round ungutted||60% - 65%||
Skin/Off yields also have the Blood Line removed.
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|Whole Head & Tail/Off gutted 37 lb up||78%||65%|
|Yield % varies according to a number of factors including: size of fish, season, sex, and the skill of your fishmonger.|
Range & Habitat
Wahoo are found in the tropical and subtropical waters of the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans, including the Caribbean and Mediterranean seas.
Typical Wholesale Products
Whole, H&G, Fillets, Steaks
Wahoo (Ono) Sustainability Info
|Name||Alternate Names||Catch Method||Catch|
|Wahoo, Acanthocybium solandri||Ono, Ocean Barracuda, Pacific Kingfish
||Wild - Troll||Hawaii||Elevated|
|Wild - Hook & Line, Longline||US Atlantic - Southern Stock, Gulf of Mexico|
|Disclaimer: The sustainability info above is accurate to the best of our knowledge. However, each program randomly updates their information without our knowledge. We therefore recommend that you verify the current accuracy of this information.|
= Best Choice/Recommended = Good Alternative = Avoid/Not Recommended
based upon a 6 oz (171 grams) raw edible serving
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