Maori Name: Kanae
Latin Name: Mugil cephalus
Weight: Under 1kg
Length: 30–40cm, reaching 60cmFamily:
Grey mullet is a surface-dwelling coastal species belonging to the Mugilidae family (mullets).
It has a worldwide distribution between 42 degrees North and 42 degrees South. Some grey mullet appear to remain in one locality while others move continuously. In New Zealand, they are usually found in coastal waters around the North Island, particularly in shallow muddy harbours, mangrove swamps, and river estuaries. Some swim up rivers into fresh water.
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.
Grey mullet are usually caught in set nets and beach seines.
Grey mullet has medium to firm fillets of pinkish-grey flesh with a high oil content. It is excellent smoked. Also try it;
- in a casserole
The roe of grey mullet is considered a delicacy.
Grey mullet are known to travel as far as the Karapiro dam up the Waikato River, and to Te Kuiti in the neighbouring Waipa River. However, they must return to the sea to spawn.
Grey mullet is a good source of Selenium and VitaminB12; and a source of Iodine, Phosphorus, Potassium, Niacin (vitamin B3) and Vitamin D.
Seafood is a highly nutritious food and is a great source of protein. Many species are low in saturated fat and a number of them are a good source of Omega3.