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Conger Eel

Conger verreauxi, Conger wilsoni

A white flesh eel with firm texture.

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Conger Eels are marine eels. They are solitary and nocturnal.

There are two Conger species that occur in New Zealand, the Southern Conger (C. verreauxi) and the Northern Conger (C. wilsoni). The Northern Conger is restricted to New Zealand, whereas the Southern Conger occurs around both New Zealand and southern Australia.

Their flesh is less oily than the flesh of a fresh water eel.

Key Information

Family

Conger Eels are marine eels and belong to the Congridae family (Congers).

Physical attributes

Conger Eels are most commonly grey to black and occasionally have blue-black bodies and paler below, sometimes mottled. The dorsal, tail and anal fins extend almost the whole of the smooth body. They have larges eyes and mouth.

The flesh is white and firm.

Geographical location

There are two Conger species that occur in New Zealand, the Southern Conger (C. verreauxi) and the Northern Conger (C. wilsoni). The Northern Conger is restricted to New Zealand, whereas the Southern Conger occurs around both New Zealand and southern Australia.

Market Names

  • New Zealand: Conger eel, Southern Conger
  • Commonwealth of Independent States: Morskoi ugor
  • The Netherlands: Zeepaling
  • France: Congre de Nouvelle Zélande
  • Germany: Meeraal
  • Greece: Mougri
  • Italy: Grongo
  • Japan: Kuroanago, Anago
  • Korea: Baem jang eo
  • Spain: Côngrio

Locations Caught

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Profile

Average weight

3-5 kg

Average length

100-120 cm

TACC i

n/a

Talley's catch

<100 tonne

134  Conger Eel

Nutritional information

Average quantity per 100g

Energy

402 kJ

Protein

17.6 g

Fat, total

2.8 g

Carbohydrate

0.3 g

Sugars 0.3g
Sodium 219mg

Seasonal availability

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Months caught
Peak months

Flavour and cooking

Conger Eel have white flesh, of a firm texture. The flesh is less oily than freshwater eels and holds together well when cooked.

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