Bass

New Zealand, Wild-caught

Bass Fish Whole

Bass Fish Whole

  • Latin name: Polyprion Americanus
  • Other names:
  • USA: Bass or Wreckfish
  • Canada/UK: Bass or Wreckfish
  • Chile: Bacaloa de Juan Fernandez
  • Germany: Wrackbarsch
  • Greece: Vlachos
  • Korea: Dol Dom
  • Japan: Hata, Ara
  • Spain: Bacalao, Cherna
  • New Zealand Bass is a deep-water species and one of the most sought after of all sea basses, due to its reputation for superior flavor and texture. This king of the depths has a dark grey upper body and light grey/silver belly with a massive head and mouth.

    Bass is found mainly on the east coast of New Zealand, from Kaikoura and the Cook Strait north, but there are also fishing grounds on the west coast of the South Island. It is fished in waters of 300-1500 feet (100-500m) using long-lines only. Lee Fish USA refuses to source net-caught Bass and Groper due to reasons of both sustainability and quality.

    For quota management purposes Bass is grouped together with Hapuku for a combined TACC (Total Allowable Commercial Catch) of 2,180 tons. These volumes are strictly enforced and are adjusted annually to reflect the status of the stock and ensure enough biomass remains to provide sustainable harvests in years to come.

    Depending on the size of the Bass the flavor and texture can range from sweet and delicate in the smaller specimens to juicy and heavy-flaked on the larger fish. From the pristine depths of New Zealand, this Bass cooks up pearly white and is a highly sought after winner in its class.

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