Tarakihi are silver-grey fish boasting a blue-green sheen and a bright silver belly. They are best distinguished by a black collar extending from the nap to the base of the dorsal fin. Their usual habitat as at depths of 50-250m around the East Cape, Cook Strait and South Island of New Zealand.
There is a commercial minimum legal size of all Tarakihi catches of at least 25cm. The total allowable commercial catch for tarakihi has recently been set at 5,383,200 kg for the year ending 30 September 2018.