A member of the bass family, groper is caught all year round off the east coast of the North Island, and in the South Island. With a gun-barrel grey body and a silver-white belly, groper are a long lived species and usually weigh 20-30kg.
Groper has firm, lean, white flesh with few bones. It remains moist with heavy flakes when cooked, so it’s perfect for steaks or in curries.
(figures are for a 100g serving)
Groper is managed under a quota set by the QMS, which is New Zealand's national fisheries management system. The commercial quota for the 2021/2022 year has been set at 2,181 tonnes.