Kahawai

Kahawai  (Arripis trutta)

Kahawai are found around the New Zealand coast and are often sighted close to shore, frequently schooling by size.  The main fishing grounds are around the North Island, in Cook Strait and north of Kaikoura in the South Island.  Commercially, most Kahawai are caught by purse seine year-round, but are often targeted in the winter when the Skipjack Tuna have moved north. 

They have a greenish-blue body above, sometimes shading to dark blue or purple, with irregular dark markings and spots, and shading to silver-white below. 

Kahawai fillets have medium to thick flakes.  They have a high oil content and high Omega-3 levels.

Product Grade Pack size Chilled
Whole Variable
0-1kg
1-2kg
2kg+
20kg Yes

Quota in New Zealand (tonnes/annum)

Total Sanford
Area 1 1075 468
Area 2 705 399
Area 3 401 142
Area 4 9 0
Area 8 520 96
Area 10 9 0
TOTAL 2728 1105

Nutritional Information

Raw per 100g edible portion
Energy (kj) 677
Protein (g) 21.2
Carbohydrate (g) 0
Sugar (g) 0
Total Fat (g) 8.6
Saturated Fat (g) 2.5
Sodium (mg) 50