New Zealand Hake

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We use Hake sourced from a MSC certified New Zealand Hake Fishery to make our delicious, award winning beer battered fish & chips.

Each of New Zealand’s three hake fisheries have been certified sustainable under the Marine Stewardship Council certification programme, the ‘gold standard’ for sustainable fisheries performance. Furthermore, being certified without conditions makes the New Zealand hake fisheries part of a select few global fisheries (which include New Zealand hoki and New Zealand southern blue whiting) that are MSC certified without conditions.

New Zealand hake is harvested mainly by trawl (250 – 800mm) from the South Island, off the east and west coasts and in sub-Antarctic waters. The two main fisheries, off the west coast of the South Island and on the Chatham Rise, have traditionally consisted of bycatch in the much larger hoki fisheries, but in recent years both have become important target fisheries. Because the hake fisheries overlap with the hoki and ling fisheries they are often considered and managed as a ‘complex’, due to the influence they have on each other and the additive effects that may result.

What is Hake?

Southern hake (Merluccuis australis) is a member of the cod family. Hake flesh is moist and white with few bones and a soft, delicate texture. Hake, like its relative hoki, is often prepared as crumbed fillets and fish fingers.

Is Hake sustainable?

There is no such thing as a sustainable species of fish. Only sustainable populations of fish. 

Hake has been certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council, the global gold standard for sustainability since September 2014 and is also managed by the Ministry for Primary Industries using the New Zealand Quota Management System (QMS). Regular stocks assessment are conducted to estimate fishery stock size and numbers. Scientific studies are also used. From these, scientists can estimate future stock sizes and catch limits.

What does Hake taste like?

Hake tend to have a very mild taste, with slightly sweet meat and cream-coloured to slightly-pink flesh. They have a similar flavour as Cod, but with a milder taste, a softer texture, and a smaller flake.

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