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A dark flesh fish that whitens on cooking with medium moisture and medium to low fat content.

Barracouta are members of the Gempylidae family of Snake Mackerels.

Physical attributes
Dark blue-grey back with silver sides and a belly tinged with blue or purple iridescence, they have a long slender body, smooth skin, with a pointed head, large mouth and very sharp teeth. Barracouta have very fine scales that are almost undetectable

The flesh is dark and whitens on cooking.

Barracouta is managed by the Ministry for Primary Industries using the New Zealand Quota Management System (QMS). Regular stocks assessment are conducted to estimate fishery stock size and numbers. Scientific studies are also used. From these, scientists can estimate future stock sizes and catch limits.

Geographical location
They are found throughout New Zealand, usually occurring in surface schools. The species spawns from August to September off the coasts of both of the main islands, and from November to December around Southland and the Chatham Islands. The Barracouta is most abundant around New Zealand’s South Island, where it is regarded as an important edible fish.

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