Maori Name: Pāra
Latin Name: Lepidopus caudatus
Weight: 1.5 - 2.5kg, up to 6kg
Length: 1.2 - 1.6m, reaching 2mFamily:
Frostfish belong to the Trichiuridae family (cutlassfishes).
Frostfish are nomrally found over the outer shelf at depths between 200 and 500 metres, but ocassionally stray into coastal waters. imilar species occur in most cool oceans. The New Zealand species is very similar to the Korean and Japanese species, except tha the local fish have forked tails.
Sustainability of this New Zealand fish stock is ensured through the world-leading Fisheries Act and Quota Management System (QMS). The QMS guides the sustainable use of New Zealand fisheries. Find out what the QMS is and how it works.
Frostfish are caught as a by-catch of trawlers targeting Hoki and Jack Mackerel and, to a lesser extent, Squid.