Swordfish

Our Broadbill Swordfish are caught by pelagic longline gear in deep offshore waters of the Indian Ocean. Fish are found in depths to 550m and bycatch can include Mahi Mahi, Tuna and Ray’s bream.

 

Swordfish are a fast-swimming predator that uses it long, flat bill to impale and slash their prey. Swordfish can grow to 4.5m and 500kg but are commonly found in 1.5-3m long and of 70-150kg. The bill accounts for one third of the total length.

 

Catches of Australian swordfish is limited to a total allowable catch limit, thus restricting the weight of fish that can be caught by each commercial fisher.

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Additional Information

Cooking Suggestions

Swordfish steaks can vary in colour depending on the diet of the fish and have a very high oil content. The flesh is sweet tasting with a dense, meaty texture. The flesh is suited to barbequing, grilling, frying and baking. It is also excellent for kebabs.

Health and Nutrition

Eating at least one serving of fish per week has been linked to reduced risk of heart attacks and strokes, two of the world’s biggest killers.

Handy Hint

Latin word ‘gladius’ means sword.

Fast Fact

Adult swordfish are scaleless and possess no teeth

Recipe Card

Spiced Swordfish Kebabs

Accompaniment

Xec Xec Curry paste

Alternative

Mackerel, Mahi Mahi