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New Zealand Sole (Peltorhamphus novaezeelandiae)


New Zealand Sole are found only in New Zealand and belong to the Pleuronectidae family.

They are greenish-grey on the upper side, with the underside white. The species is oval shaped with the widest part of the body well forward of the centre. The snout is rounded. The dorsal fin runs from the mouth to the tail, and the anal fin also starts close to the mouth. The scales are rough.

New Zealand Sole Fishery

New Zealand Sole are most abundant around the South Island to depths of up to 100 metres. Spawning takes place in late winter or spring in shallow water.

They are caught throughout the year off the South Island's West Coast, Otago and Southland, mainly by trawling.

New Zealand's Flatfish (FLA) fishery is managed by strict quotas, which allow only a set amount of Flatfish to be taken commercially each year, of which New Zealand Sole is a component species. This Total Allowable Commercial Catch (TACC) was set at 5,419 metric tonnes for the 2009/10 fishing year.

New Zealand Sole Meat Quality

New Zealand Sole have delicate and moist flesh with a low oil content. The upper fillets are slightly darker but whiten on cooking.

New Zealand:  New Zealand Sole, Common Sole, Sole
The Netherlands:  Tong
France:  Sole Neozelandaise
Germany:  Neuseelandischer Sole
Greece:  Glossa
Italy:  Sogliola
Japan:  Karei
Spain:  Lenguado