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Silverside

Argentina elongata

A translucent, delicate flesh fish.

Silverside are unique to New Zealand and Australian waters, but it is closely related to similar species around other parts of the world.

Silverside are mainly caught on the Campbell Plateau as bycatch on trawlers. The live in deep waters from 200 to 600 metres.

Key Information

Family

Silverside belong to the Argentinidae family (silversides.

Physical attributes

Silverside are a pale yellow-grey with a distinctive silver band along the side. Their body is small and elongated with a pointed head and large but thin scales.

The flesh is delicate and very translucent.

Geographical location

Found in New Zealand waters off the continental shelf, usually at depths of 200 and 600 metres. Silverside is caught year round as a bycatch species, mainly on the Campbell Plateau.

Market Names

  • New Zealand: Silverside, Argentine
  • Commonwealth of Independent States: Argentina
  • Italy: Argentina
  • The Netherlands: Zilversmelt
  • France: Argentine
  • Germany: Glasauge
  • Greece: Gourlomátis
  • Japan: Nigisu
  • Korea: Saesmyul
  • Spain: Pejerrey

Locations Caught

54 Silverside Fa

Profile

Average weight

0.2 kg or less

Average length

15-25 cm

TACC i

N/A

Talley's catch

<100 tonne

128  Silverside

Seasonal availability

Jan
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Not caught
Months caught
Peak months

Flavour and cooking

Silverside are very translucent and of a delicate texture.

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