This species of gurnard 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.
Due to its abundance, the commercial quota for the 2018 year has been set at 5,631,187 kg, making it one of the largest commercial catches for the New Zealand industry.
With its bright colouring and distinctive winged fins, red gurnard is unmistakeable. Its flesh is succulent and a Kiwi favourite for fish and chips. It's also well suited to steaming and pan-frying.