Cynoscion acoupa

The name of this fish in Portuguese makes reference to the color of the animal’s yellowish belly. It can be found in the coastal waters of the North, Northeast and Southeast regions, and it is highly valued because of its white flesh with few bones. Although it can grow to be over 3 feet long, the average size is 18 inches. Two popular preparation methods: roasted and in moquecas (Brazilian version of fish stew), often including ripe plantain.