Tarakihi (Nemadactylus macropterus)

Whole Tarakihi


 Tarakihi are silver-grey with a blue-green sheen, moving down to a bright silver belly. A distinctive black collar between the head and Dorsal fin. The head and mouth are small. The scales are medium sized & firm. Tarakihi Belong to the Cheilodactylidae family and are common around New Zealand. They are caught south of East Cape, through Cook Strait and around the South Island in depths of 50 -250m.

Other names: New Zealand: Tarakihi, Ocean Bream, Australia: Morwong, France: Perche, Castanettes tarakihi, Japan: Shimakurodai, Korea: Mullung dom, Heug dom

Size: whole – 30 – 40cm, with Fillets range from 100g +

Weight: 300g – 2kg/ piece

Form/ State: Whole Green, Fillet Skin-On, Fillet Skin-Off

Packed: Polystyrene insulated bin, with Gel Ice packs to maintain coldness in transit

Season: Caught all year, but mostly February – June

Fishery: Tarakihi are regarded highly by both commercial and recreational fishermen. For many years, they were New Zealand’s second most important commercial catch. They are caught around New Zealand throughout the year mainly by trawling, with catches increasing February to June. New Zealand’s Tarakihi fishery is managed by strict quotas, which allow only a set amount of Tarakihi to be taken commercially each year.

Tarakihi Filets

Tarakihi Filet

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