With its bright colouring and distinctive winged fins, red gurnard is unmistakeable, and is a common sight in much of New Zealand's coastal waters all year round. Although they can grow larger, landed fish normally weigh about 1kg.
Gurnard, also known as sea perch, has a succulent, medium-textured flesh and is a Kiwi favourite for fish and chips. It's also well suited to steaming and pan-frying.
(figures are for a 100g serving)
Red gurnard 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 6,246 tonnes.