Scampi

Maori name: kōurarangi
Scientific name: Metanephrops challengeri
Availability: Year round
Weight: Up to 120g
Length: 25–30cm overall (tail length average 8.5cm)

 

Scampi

Maori name: kōurarangi
Scientific name: Metanephrops challengeri
Availability: Year round
Weight: Up to 120g
Length: 25–30cm overall (tail length average 8.5cm)
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General

 

Location

This species is found all around New Zealand at depths of 200 to 750 metre.

Attributes

Whitish or pinkish with darker orange stripes at the joints. The rostrum is long and curves upward with strong spines. The white flesh is medium to firm.

Family

Scampi belongs to the Nephropidae family (clawed lobsters). Scampi is from the same family as Norway lobster and Dublin Bay prawn. It is a species of lobster, and not a prawn.

Sustainability

Scampi was introduced into the Quota Management System in 2004 replacing a management regime based on competitive catch limits. Research surveys primarily use deepwater digital photography to estimate scampi abundance based on counts of scampi burrows. Commercial catch rates and trawl surveys also contribute to stock assessments. Successful scampi assessments have only been recently achieved.  The North Island east coast stocks are currently assessed as being above or well above target abundance levels, while full stock assessments are still to be completed for other stocks.

Fishing methods

Scampi are caught using specialised deepwater trawls.

Tips

Scampi has medium to firm delicate-tasting white flesh.
Bake; bbq; marinate; sushi/raw

Buying & Storage Tips

Scampi are available whole and raw; whole and cooked, and occasionally as tails only.They should smell slightly sweet but not pungent.