New Zealand Scampi are a rare delicacy and highly sought after.
Scampi are a specie of lobster, and not a prawn.
They are found all around New Zealand at depths between 200-750 metres and are caught using specialised deepwater trawls.Download fact sheet
Scampi belong to the Nephropidae family (clawed Lobsters).
New Zealand Scampi are whitish or pinkish with darker orange banded strips that occur at the joints.
They have a white flesh with a medium to firm texture.
Scampi was introduced to the Quota Management System (QMS) in 2004. Research surveys primarily use deepwater digital photography to estimate Scampi stock levels based on counts of Scampi burrows. Commercial catch rates and trawl surveys also contribute to stock assessments.
Found all around New Zealand at depths between 200-750 metres.
Scampi has a white, meaty flesh that has a sweet, delicate flavour. The versatile, small clawed lobster are considered a delicacy and can be baked, barbecued, marinated or served raw as sashimi.