New Zealand has the largest and oldest populations of Orange Roughy in the world. Orange Roughy are slow growing and long lived species reaching maturity at 50cm when 25-35 years old.
These deep water fish are trawled in depths of 750-1500m with only 10% of New Zealand’s waters ever fished.
There are more than 156 million adult Orange Roughy in New Zealand waters of which only 4.5% are harvested each year.
There are 9 main stocks fished to strict annual catch limits which are closely monitored from year to year. The Chatham rise accounts for 66% of the catch.
Fillets flake beautifully once cooked and retain their shape. Sprinkle with your favourite spice and oven bake with butter and white wine for 10 minutes. Coat with panko breadcrumbs, shaved parmesan and lemon zest then lightly pan fry.