Snapper belongs to the sea bream family, and is New Zealand’s most iconic species. Prized for its colourful golden scales with light blue spots, it is a true favourite for New Zealanders and is considered the Rolls Royce of inshore species. In Japanese folklore it is the symbol of fortune, and is typically used as the centrepiece in celebratory feasts.
Snapper is found mainly in the upper half of New Zealand, from Golden Bay north in water depths of 30-300 feet. The Port town of Leigh (home of Lee Fish, our suppliers) is perfectly situated in the midst of the best fishing grounds – the Hauraki Gulf and north-east coast. The colour, quality and premium condition of the fish found in this particular stretch of water give Lee Fish an advantage from a supply standpoint, with literally the crème of the crop at their front doorstep.
Our snapper are caught via long-line, from our day-boat fleet and this results in the best-quality eating fish imaginable. New Zealand’s snapper fishery is managed by the Quota Management System, with a sustainable harvest TACC (Total Allowable Commercial Catch).
NZ snapper is rich in a naturally occurring amino acid called glycine which results in its characteristic sweet flavour. It is a must-have item for any menu.
The flesh is light with a pinkish tinge, and cooks up white, with medium flake/texture.
Blue Cod belong to the Pinguipedidae family and are endemic to New Zealand. The fish are a demersal species, and are found predominantly in rocky coastal areas.
General appearance is grey/blue, with a greenish sheen. Blue Cod tend to gravitate towards colder waters and therefore are found in abundance further south. They are the undoubted ‘crowd favourite’ for the South Island’s fish-loving population.
Our suppliers vessels fish in the northern waters, so blue cod are not available to their boats in large volumes, but they are caught sporadically as a bycatch of the Snapper fishery. They are definitely a fish to look out for and make the most of when their boats are landing them (perfect for a weekend menu special).
The Fishwives Blue Cod are hook & line caught, followed by the process of Iki-Jime, so are well and truly sushi-grade.
Blue Cod has a medium textured light pink flesh, which whitens nicely on cooking with a sweet/ocean flavour profile.