New Zealand Hake

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Our Hake is sourced from a MSC certified New Zealand Hake Fishery.

New Zealand hake is harvested mainly by trawl (250 – 800mm) from the South Island, off the east and west coasts and in sub-Antarctic waters. The two main fisheries, off the west coast of the South Island and on the Chatham Rise, have traditionally consisted of bycatch in the much larger hoki fisheries, but in recent years both have become important target fisheries. Because the hake fisheries overlap with the hoki and ling fisheries they are often considered and managed as a ‘complex’, due to the influence they have on each other and the additive effects that may result.

Each of New Zealand’s three hake fisheries have been certified sustainable under the Marine Stewardship Council certification programme, the ‘gold standard’ for sustainable fisheries performance. Furthermore, being certified without conditions makes the New Zealand hake fisheries part of a select few global fisheries (which include New Zealand hoki and New Zealand southern blue whiting) that are MSC certified without conditions.

They have a delicate flavour and are considered one of the best fish in the Whiting family because of its firm, sweet white meat and medium flake.


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