New Zealand Snapper

New Zealand, Wild-caught

Snapper Whole Fish

New Zealand Snapper Whole

Snapper Fillets

New Zealand Snapper Fillets

  • Latin name: Pagrus Auratus
  • Other names:
  • New Zealand: Bream, Schnapper, New Zealand Golden Snapper, Brim, Tamure (Maori)
  • Netherlands: Goudbrasem
  • France: Dorade
  • Germany: Goldbrasse
  • Greece: Tsipoura, Fagri
  • Italy: Orata
  • Japan: Tai, Madai, Goushyuumadai
  • Korea: Cham dom
  • Spain: Dorada
  • USA: Porgy
  • Snapper belongs to the sea bream family, and is New Zealand’s most iconic species. Prized for its colorful golden scales with light blue spots, it is a true favorite for New Zealanders and is considered the Rolls Royce of inshore species. In Japanese folklore it is the symbol of fortune, and is typically used as the centrepiece in celebratory feasts.

    Snapper is found mainly in the upper half of New Zealand, from Golden Bay north in water depths of 30-300 feet. The Port town of Leigh (home of Lee Fish) is perfectly situated in the midst of the best fishing grounds – the Hauraki Gulf and north-east coast. The color, quality and premium condition of the fish found in this particular stretch of water give Lee Fish an advantage from a supply standpoint, with literally the crème of the crop at their front doorstep.

    Our snapper are caught via long-line, from our day-boat fleet and this results in the best-quality eating fish imaginable. New Zealand’s snapper fishery is managed by the Quota Management System, with a sustainable harvest TACC (Total Allowable Commerical Catch) of 6,357,300 tons.

    NZ snapper is rich in a naturally occuring amino acid called glycine which results in its characterictic sweet flavor. It is a must-have item for any menu.

    The flesh is light with a pinkish tinge, and cooks up white, with medium flake/texture.


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