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New Zealand Sole are a shallow water flatfish unique to New Zealand.
Found most abundant around the South Island, New Zealand Sole are found widespread around inshore areas, approximately 100 metres out from shore.
All commercially caught New Zealand Flatfish species are available year round and are managed together (in 5 stocks) with a combined Total Allowable Commercial Catch of 5,419 tonne.Download fact sheet
New Zealand Sole belong to the Pleuronectidae family (right-eye flounders).
New Zealand Sole are green-brown on the upper side, with a white belly. The body is oval shape, with the widest part well forward of the centre. The dorsal fin runs from the mouth to the tail and the scales are rough.
NZ Sole has a delicate and moist white flesh.
Flatfish are managed by the Quota Management System (QMS). The annual catch limit for Flatfish has varied from 5,409 to 6,670 tonnes since 1986. Stock abundance of Flatfish can vary considerably in response to environmental variation. Accordingly, catch limits may be changed frequently to respond to these fluctuations.
Native to New Zealand, the species are most abundant around the South Island and are found widespread in shallow waters.
New Zealand Sole have delicate and moist flesh with a low oil content. The upper fillets are slightly darker but whiten on cooking. New Zealand Sole are ideal for any flatfish recipes. They are a great fish cooked whole (on the bone). The fillets are best pan fried or baked.