Sea Perch are a distinctive reddish-orange white flesh fish found throughout New Zealand waters, more commonly off the East Coast of the South Island and the Chatham Rise.Download fact sheet
Sea Perch is related to the Northern Hemisphere's Redfish.
Sea Perch are a reddish-orange fish
Sea Perch has a delicate flavour with a medium texture. The flesh is white, lean and moist.
Sea Perch 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.
Sea Perch live mainly in waters from the shoreline out to depths of 1200 metres and can be caught all around New Zealand.
Sea perch has a delicate flavour and medium texture. The flesh is white, lean, moist and flaky, making it suitable for most cooking methods.