New Zealand, Wild-caught
Bluenose belongs to the Centrolophidae (butterfish) family and has shiny blue/black sides which fade to silver on the belly. They have a characteristic blunt snout, low-set eyes and a large mouth, giving them a rather unique appearance. Scales are somewhat small compared to other bass.
They are caught in deep water off the coast of New Zealand. They tend to inhabit areas on the outer shelf and upper slope of rough, rocky ocean floor, and congregate around seamounts and offshore reefs.
Lee Fish’s vessels catch bluenose using the long-line method only, as trawling is not sustainable and also results in poor quality product. Long-lining yields the best quality product and thus Lee makes sure it is gaining maximum value from the allowed 1,110,000 tons per year of Bluenose catch (TACC).
Bluenose is by far New Zealand’s most famous bass export, with insatiable demand for this fish in overseas markets, especially Australia and the USA.
It has medium-firm texture, with a large succulent flake. The fillets are a nice white color and have good Omega-3 content resulting in a distinct buttery flavor.