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Sea Perch

Helicolenus barathri

A lean, delicate and moist white flesh fish with a medium texture.

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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.

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Key Information

Family

Sea Perch is related to the Northern Hemisphere's Redfish.

Physical attributes

Sea Perch are a reddish-orange fish

Sea Perch has a delicate flavour with a medium texture. The flesh is white, lean and moist.

Sustainability

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.

Geographical location

Sea Perch live mainly in waters from the shoreline out to depths of 1200 metres and can be caught all around New Zealand.

Market Names

  • New Zealand: Sea Perch, Scorpionfish, Scarpee, Ocean Perch
  • Australia: Sea Perch, Ocean Perch
  • Korea: Jeak eo
  • Japan: Kasago, Arakabu

Locations Caught

45 Seaperch Fa

Profile

Average weight

0.2-0.8 kg

Average length

13-30 cm

TACC i

2,190 tonne

Talley's catch

100-500 tonne

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Nutritional information

Average quantity per 100g

Energy

350 kJ

Protein

18.7 g

Fat, total

0.5 g

Carbohydrate

2.3 g

Sugars 0.4g
Sodium 81mg

Seasonal availability

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Months caught
Peak months

Flavour and cooking

Sea perch has a delicate flavour and medium texture. The flesh is white, lean, moist and flaky, making it suitable for most cooking methods.

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