Fish Species

Urwin and Company Limited owns quota for a variety of species, key species caught and processed are: Blue Cod, Gurnard, Flat Fish, Elephant, Monkfish, Groper, Trumpeter, Tarakihi, Red Cod, Ling, Rig, Shark, Dogfish and Leatherjacket, Skate, Rock Lobster and Oysters.

One of the most popular and sought after is Blue Cod which is caught in the Southland Fish Management Area 5, an area containing more than half the total New Zealand Blue Cod quota.

The much cooler waters in the Southern Ocean area creates an extremely favourable environment, producing larger species renowned for their superior flavor and texture that discerning customers seek. Sea temperatures can vary considerably and storms prevail due to the temperature contrast between ice from the Antarctic and the open ocean, creating some of the strongest winds on the planet. Much of the surrounding coastal land area is home to New Zealand’s heritage parks and forests. This isolated area with its windswept coastline and low density population creates the ideal habitat for fish breeding grounds in pristine waters. However, the extreme weather can prevent the vessels from leaving Port for several days.

Fish species are sold in various states depending upon seasonality and customer specifications.

 

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Blue Cod

Blue Cod

Latin Name Parapercis colias
Fishing Location FMA5 - The Southland Fish Management Area
Catching Method Potting
Processed State

GRE - Whole fish

  Grades: 500-600 gm
600-800 gm
800 gm-1 kg
1-1.2 kg
1.2-1.5 Kg

G&G - Gill and Gutted
H&G - Headed and Gutted Pectoral fin on
FIL - Fillets skin on
  Grades: Ungraded

SKF - Fillets skin off

  Grades: 60-115 gm
115-175 gm
175-225 gm
+225 gm

 

 
Gurnard

Gurnard

Latin Name Chelidonichthys kumu
Fishing Location FMA3 - South-East Coast
Catching Method Trawl
Processed State

GRE - Whole fish

FIL - Fillets skin on
SKF - Fillets skin off
  Grades: Ungraded

 

 
Flatfish:  Sand Flounder, Yellow Belly Flounder, NZ Sole, Lemon Sole, Brill, Turbot

Flatfish: Sand Flounder, Yellow Belly Flounder, NZ Sole, Lemon Sole, Brill, Turbot

Latin Names
Sand Flounder
Yellow Belly Flounder
New Zealand Sole
Lemon Sole
Brill
Turbot
Rhombosolea pebeia
Rhombosolea leporine
Peltorhamphus novaezeelandiae
Pelotretis flavilatus
Colistium guntheri
Colistium nudipinnis
Fishing Location FMA5 - The Southland Fish Management Area (South-East Coast)
Catching Method Trawl
Processed State

GUT - Gut out

  Grades:

A 175-250 gm
B 250-325 gm
C 325-400 gm
D 400-500 gm
E 500-600 gm
F 600-700 gm
G 700-800 gm
H +800 gm

Pan Ready Sole
  Grades:

275-325 gm
325-375 gm
375-450 gm
450-500 gm

SKF - Fillets skin off
Lemon Sole/NZ Sole Fillets
  Grades:

80-120 gm
120-170 gm
+170 gm

Brill Fillets/Turbot Fillets
  Grades: Ungraded

 

 
Elephant (Silver Trumpeter)

Elephant (Silver Trumpeter)

Latin Name Callorhinchus milii
Fishing Location FMA5 - The Southland Fish Management Area
Catching Method Trawl
Processed State

GRE - Whole fish

  GUT - Gutted
  FIL - Fillets skin on
  SKF - Fillets skin off
  Grades:

0-500 gm
500 gm - 2 kg
+2 kg

 
Monkfish (Stargazer)

Monkfish (Stargazer)

Latin Name Kathetostoma giganteum
Fishing Location FMA5 - The Southland Fish Management Area
Catching Method Trawl
Processed State GRE - Whole fish
  DVC - Dressed Vertical Cut
  Grades:

0-500 gm
500 gm - 1 kg
2-3 kg
+3 kg

 

SKF - Fillets skin off

  Grades:

100-200 gm
200-400 gm
400-600 gm
600-800 gm
+800 gm

 
Groper (Hapuku)

Groper (Hapuku)

Latin Name Polyprion oxygeneios
Fishing Location FMA5 - The Southland Fish Management Area
Catching Method Trawl and dropline
Processed State GRE - Whole fish
  DRE - Headed and Gutted Pectoral Fin off
  G&G – Gill and Gutted
  H&G – Headed and Gutted
  FIL – Fillets skin on
  SKF – Fillets skin off
  Grades:

Ungraded

 

 
Trumpeter

Trumpeter

Latin Name Latris lineata
Fishing Location FMA5 - The Southland Fish Management Area
Catching Method Potted
Processed State

FIL - Fillets skin on
SKF – Fillets skin off
G&G - Gill and Gutted
H&G - Headed and Gutted

  Grades:

Ungraded

 

 
Tarakihi

Tarakihi

Latin Name Nemadactylus macropterus
Fishing Location FMA5 - The Southland Fish Management Area
Catching Method Trawl
Processed State FIL - Fillets skin on
SKF – Fillets skin off
G&G - Gill and Gutted
H&G - Headed and Gutted
  Grades:

Ungraded

 
Red Cod

Red Cod

Latin Name Pseudophycis bachus
Fishing Location FMA3  – The Southland Fish Management Area
Catching Method Trawl
Processed State DRE – Headed and Gutted
  Grades:

0-500 gm
500-800 gm
+800 gm

  FIL - Fillets skin on
SKF – Fillets skin off
  Grades:

60-115 gm
115-170 gm
170-225 gm
225-340 gm
+340 gm

 
Ling

Ling

Latin Name Genypterus blacodes
Fishing Location FMA5 - The Southland Fish Management Area
Catching Method Trawl
Processed State SKF – Fillets skin off
  Grades:

0-500 gm
500 gm-1 kg
1-2 kg
2-3 kg
+3 kg

 

 
Rig

Rig

Latin Name Mustelus lenticulatus
Fishing Location FMA3 - The Southland Fish Management Area
Catching Method Trawl
Processed State DRE - Headed and Gutted Pectoral fin off
SKF – Fillets skin off
  Grades:

0-500 gm
500-2 kg
+ 2 kg

 
Shark (School Shark, Flake)

Shark (School Shark, Flake)

Latin Name Galeorhinus galeus
Fishing Location FMA5 - The Southland Fish Management Area
Catching Method Trawl
Processed State Shark Flaps
  Grades:

Ungraded

  DRE - Headed and Gutted Pectoral fin off
SKF – Fillets skin off
  Grades:

0-500 gm
500-2 kg
+ 2 kg

 
Dog Fish

Dog Fish

Latin Name Squalus acanthias
Fishing Location FMA5 - The Southland Fish Management Area
Catching Method Trawl
Processed State Trunks
  Grades:

400-800 gm
+800 gm

 
Leatherjacket

Leatherjacket

Latin Name Parika scaber
Fishing Location FMA3 - The Southland Fish Management Area
Catching Method Trawl
Processed State H&G – Headed and Gutted, skin off
  Grades:

Ungraded

 

 
Skate:  NZ Rough Skate, NZ Smooth Skate (Rajidae spp)

Skate: NZ Rough Skate, NZ Smooth Skate (Rajidae spp)

Latin Name
NZ Rough Skate
NZ Smooth Skate

Dipturus nasutus
Dipturus innominata

Fishing Location FMA5 – The Southland Fish Management Area
Catching Method Trawl
Processed State Trimmed skinned wings
  Grades:

200-400 gm
400-800 gm

 

 
Crayfish (Rock Lobster)

Crayfish (Rock Lobster)

Latin Name Jasus edwardsii
Fishing Location FMA5 – The Southland Fish Management Area (CRA8)
Catching Method Potting
Processed State Live/Frozen Tails
  Live
  Grades:

A <600 gm
B 600-800 gm
C 800-1 kg
D 1-1.5 kb
E 1.5-2 kg
E+ 2-2.5 kg
F 2.5+ kg

  Frozen Tails
  Grades:

A <170 gm
B 170-227 gm
C 227-283 gm
D 283-340 gm
E 340-454 gm
F 454-567 gm
G >567 gm

 
Oysters (Bluff Oysters)

Oysters (Bluff Oysters)

Latin Name Tiostrea chilensis
Fishing Location FMA5 – The Southland Fish Management Area (Foveaux Strait)
Catching Method Dredge
Processed State

Shucked

  Grades:

First and Second Grades