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School Shark

Galeorhinus galeus

A firm, white, boneless flesh fish.

School Shark is also commonly known as Flake.

Found among New Zealand's coastal waters, particularly in the North Island at depths of up to 200 metres.

School Sharks are more abundant inshore during spring and summer.

Key Information

Family

School Shark belong to the Triakidae family (Smooth Dogfish).

Physical attributes

They are a pale brownish-grey above and white below with a slender body, flat snout and a broad tip to its upper tail lobe.

School Shark has a firm, white flesh.

Sustainability

School Shark 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

Found among New Zealand's coastal waters, particularly in the North Island at depths of up to 200 metres.

Market Names

  • New Zealand: School Shark, Greyboy, Greyshark, Tope, Flake
  • Commonwealth of Independent States: Supovaya akula
  • The Netherlands: Ruwe Haai
  • UK/USA: Tope Shark
  • France: Milandre, Requin-Ha
  • Germany:Hundshai
  • Japan: Eirakubuka, Mejirozame
  • Spain: Cazón, Tollo
  • Korea: Gi rum sang eo

Locations Caught

2 Schoolshark Fa

Profile

Average weight

5-15 kg

Average length

1.4-1.8 m

TACC i

3,436 tonne

Talley's catch

500-1000 tonne

135  School Shark

Nutritional information

Average quantity per 100g

Energy

395 kJ

Protein

21.0 g

Fat, total

1.0 g

Carbohydrate

0.3 g

Sugars 0.3g
Sodium 84mg

Seasonal availability

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Not caught
Months caught
Peak months

Flavour and cooking

School shark has a firm, white flesh that is boneless. It is suitable for most cooking methods including fried, poached, grilled, barbecued and baked.

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