New Zealand, Wild-caught
Red Gurnard belongs to the Triglidae (Gurnard) family and are commonly found on the sandy shell seabed around New Zealand’s coastal waters. The smaller Gurnard are often found in shallow waters and caught in shallow harbors.
The body of a Red Gurnard is reddish-pink to red or brown in color, while the bottom of the fish is white. It has large pectoral fins that are bluish-green with one large, dark spot and several small white or blue spots and a blue margin. The head is bony, and the scales are small.
New Zealand’s Red Gurnard fishery is managed by strict quotas, which allow only a set amount of Red Gurnard to be taken commercially each year. This Total Allowable Commercial Catch (TACC) was set at 5,451,187 metric tons for this fishing year.