New Zealand, Wild-caught
Trevally belongs to the Carangidae family of jacks and is a very slow growing and long living species, living up to 45 years. It has a deep and colorful body that is blue green on top, yellow on its sides and fins, and silvery white on its belly. The older fish are often darker green in color and can develop a hump on their head. These fish have small scales and separated dorsal fins. Some distinguishing features include a ridged edge near the tail and a dark spot found above the gill plate.
Trevally is found mostly in New Zealand and Southern Australia, with some also near Japan. These fish prefer the rocky shores or muddy seabed’s offshore around 260-350ft. The North Island and top half of the South Island in New Zealand are prime locations for this species.
Trevally is caught mostly by purse seining or long lining and is sometimes caught as a by catch of snapper. New Zealand’s Trevally fishery is managed by the Quota Management System, with a sustainable harvest TACC (Total Allowable Commerical Catch) of 3,933,103 metric tons for the fishing year.
New Zealand Trevally has pink flesh with dark lines. It cooks lighter and the meat has a firm to medium soft texture.