Hapuka or hapuku also go by the name of groper and wreckfish. They are found in the Southern Ocean around Australia, New Zealand and Chile at a typical depth of 50-400m. Fish grow up to 1.5 metres in length and can weigh up to 100kg, although caught fish are usually 6-7kg.
Quota for hapuka is combined with that of bass. The total allowable commercial catch for hapuka/bass has recently been set at 2,181,600 kg for the year ending 30 September 2018.
The flesh of the hapuka is firm and holds its shape when cooked, so is well suited to applications such as frying, poaching, baking or curries.