New Zealand Arrow Squid
Our arrow squid is sourced from the Mantzaris Fishery.
This is a large family owned and operated company. Steve, Peter and Sarah are actively involved with the day to day production, running of the company and managing export orders. The hands-on approach ensures we maintain the highest standards that are enjoyed by our customers.
Mantzaris Fisheries is committed to providing customers with products that are of the utmost quality.
The arrow squid are a group distinguished by short arrow-like tail fins. They tend to concentrate in areas of nutrient-rich upwelling waters, where they feed on plankton, small fish and other squids. The two Nototodarus species in New Zealand waters are white with bronze tones on the mantle and head.
Squid are unusual because they grow to adulthood and die within the space of a year, so every year sees a completely new population. Currently, over 95% of New Zealand’s arrow squid catch is taken by deepwater trawlers from southern and sub-Antarctic fishing grounds. Squid jigging coastal vessels in calmer, more northern, waters catch the rest.
Arrow squid has dense ivory-coloured flesh which whitens on cooking. Their firm, shiny and tender white flesh is ideal for light summery meals.