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Scampi

Metanephrops challengeri

A small clawed lobster with a medium to firm texture and a white, sweet tasting flesh.

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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.

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Key Information

Family

Scampi belong to the Nephropidae family (clawed Lobsters).

Physical attributes

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.

Sustainability

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.

Geographical location

Found all around New Zealand at depths between 200-750 metres.

Market Names

  • New Zealand: Scampi
  • Australia: Scampi

Locations Caught

50 Scampi Fa

Profile

Average weight

120 g

Average length

25-30 cm

TACC i

2,190 tonne

Talley's catch

<100 tonne

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Nutritional information

Average quantity per 100g

Energy

378 kJ

Protein

20.4 g

Fat, total

0.8 g

Carbohydrate

0 g

Sugars 0g
Sodium 400mg

Seasonal availability

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Not caught
Months caught
Peak months

Flavour and cooking

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.

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