Ling

Maori name: hokarari
Scientific name: Genypterus blacodes
Availability: Year round
Weight: 4-10kg, up to 20kg
Length: 80–120cm

Ling

Maori name: hokarari
Scientific name: Genypterus blacodes
Availability: Year round
Weight: 4-10kg, up to 20kg
Length: 80–120cm
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Location

Ling are found at depths between 300 and 500 metres. They appear to be mainly bottom dwellers and at times can inhabit burrows on the seafloor. They do however move up the water column to feed as well, for example when feeding on hoki during the hoki spawning season. Ling are mainly caught off the southern South Island coast and on the Campbell Plateau.

Attributes

An eel-like fish with a large head. Orange-pink markings above form irregular bar-like markings and blotches on the paler white that spreads up from the underbelly. This gives the fish a mottled appearance. The skin is thick and smooth with fine scales. The dorsal and anal fins are marked by dark bars and pale margins.

Family

Ling belong to the Ophidiidae family (cusk eels).

Sustainability

Ling has Marine Stewardship Council certification - the global gold standard for susainability.

New Zealand’s ling stocks are assessed as six biological stocks based on the presence of spawning areas and some differences in biological charactistics between areas.

Nutrition

Ling is a good source

To quality for a 'good source' claim the food must contain at least 25% of the RDI.
The Recommended Dietary Intake (RDI) is considered to be the average daily dietary intake level that is sufficient to meet the nutrient requirements of nearly all (97–98 per cent) healthy individuals in a particular life stage and gender group.

of Selenium

Selenium is necessary for normal immune system function and for the production of thyroid hormones and it contributes to the maintenance of hair and nails

, Phosphorus

Phosphorus is necessary for normal teeth, bone and cell membrane structure and for energy metabolism

, Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is necessary for normal neurological function and it contributes to blood formation, energy metabolism and to the growth and development in children

and Vitamin D

Vitamin D is necessary for normal bone structure and the utilisation of calcium and phosphorus and it contributes to the maintenance of normal teeth

; and a source

To quality for a 'source' claim the food must contain at least 10% of the RDI.
The Recommended Dietary Intake (RDI) is considered to be the average daily dietary intake level that is sufficient to meet the nutrient requirements of nearly all (97–98 per cent) healthy individuals in a particular life stage and gender group.

of Iodine

Iodine is necessary for the production of thyroid hormones, for normal neurological function and for normal energy metabolism, and it contributes to the growth and development in children

, Magnesium

Magnesium is necessary for normal nerve and muscle function and for teeth and bone structure and it contributes to normal energy metabolism

and Niacin (vitamin B3)

Niacin (vitamin B3) is necessary for the release of energy from food and for the normal structure and function of skin and mucous membranes, and contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue

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Seafood is a highly nutritious food and is a great source of protein

Protein is necessary for tissue building and repair, normal growth and development of bone in children and adolescents aged 4 years and over, and contributes to growth and maintenance of muscle mass

. Many species are low in saturated fat and a number of them are a good source of Omega 3

Omega 3 is a group of fatty acids that contribute to heart health

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Tips

Ling is a versatile, firm-fleshed fish that can be cooked in practically every way: bake, barbeque, casserole, curry, poach, smoke, steam, soup/chowder or fry.

Buying & Storage Tips

When buying whole ling, always check the...
EYES: Bright and clear cornea, shiny black pupil
GILLS: Rosy pink pastel coloured gills
SKIN: Bright, with a luminous sheen

When buying ling fillets, always check the...
FLESH: semi-transparent and glossy

If the fish looks sticky or mushy then it is not fresh.