New Zealand Arrow Squid

Our arrow squid is sourced from the New Zealand Squid Fishery.

The arrow squid are a group distinguished by short arrow-like tail fins. They tend to concentrate in areas of nutrient-rich upwelling waters, where they feed on plankton, small fish and other squids. The two Nototodarus species in New Zealand waters are white with bronze tones on the mantle and head.

Squid are unusual because they grow to adulthood and die within the space of a year, so every year sees a completely new population. Currently, over 95% of New Zealand’s arrow squid catch is taken by deepwater trawlers from southern and sub-Antarctic fishing grounds. Squid jigging coastal vessels in calmer, more northern, waters catch the rest.

The squid fisheries are preparing to enter into Marine Stewardship Council assessment; Fisheries Improvement Projects are being prepared to work towards this. Arrow squid has dense ivory-coloured flesh which whitens on cooking.

Their firm shiny tender white flesh is ideal for light summery meals.


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