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Rig

Mustelus lenticulatus

A firm, white and boneless flesh with a low oil content.

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Rig is often marketed as Lemonfish and is a favourite among New Zealand's fish and chip shops.

Rig are found throughout New Zealand, generally in coastal areas at depths less than 200 metres.

Key Information

Family

Rig belong to the Triakidae family (Smooth Dogfish).

Physical attributes

Rig are pale golden-brown to grey above and have numerous small blue and white spots. The belly is white. They have no spines or dorsal fins.

The flesh is firm, white and boneless.

Sustainability

Rig is managed by the Ministry for Primary Industries using the New Zealand Quota Management System (QMS). Regular stock assessments are conducted to estimate fishery stock size and numbers. Scientific studies are also used. From these, scientists can estimate future stock sizes and catch limits.

Geographical location

Rig are found throughout New Zealand, generally in coastal areas at depths less than 200 metres.

Market Names

  • New Zealand: Rig, Spotted Dogfish, Gummy Shark, Smoothhound, Spotted Smoothhound, Lemonfish
  • Commonwealth of Independent States: Kunya akula
  • The Netherlands: Zuidelijke gladde haai
  • France: Emisso
  • Germany: Australischer, Glatthai
  • Italy: Palombo antartico
  • Japan: Hoshizame
  • Korea: Cham sang eo
  • Spain: Musola

Locations Caught

3 Rig Fa

Profile

Average weight

3-4 kg

Average length

70-100 cm

TACC i

1,966 tonne

Talley's catch

100-500 tonne

136  Rig

Nutritional information

Average quantity per 100g

Energy

381 kJ

Protein

21.0 g

Fat, total

0.9 g

Carbohydrate

0.3 g

Sugars 0.3g
Sodium 68mg

Seasonal availability

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Not caught
Months caught
Peak months

Flavour and cooking

Rig have a firm, white and boneless flesh that does not flake easily and has a low oil content. It is great battered and deep fried and is often marketed as Lemonfish. Rig is a favourite among New Zealand’s ‘fish and chip’ shops.

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