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   Latin: Macruronus novaezelandiae

French: Merlu a longue queue

German: Longschwanz-seehecht

Spanish: Merluza asul

Russian: Dlinokhvostaya myerluza

Japanese: Hoki


The hoki is marketed as New Zealand whiting in the United States and Europe. It has a long tapered body that grows to 60-100 cm (24 -40 in) in length. It is closely related to the cod. The hoki has a line of fat that runs through the center of each filet. The line of fat is rich in omega-3 fats, and is usually found in fish sold in European markets. The fat is usually removed from fish sold in the United States, because U.S. customers find it unappealing.


Commercial Aspects

 Exporting Countries
Chile, Argentina, Peru

Primary Consumers
United States, Japan, Europe, Canada

Total annual catches are over 300,000 tons

Production Trends

Diet/Health Info

Hoki stocks are abundant and catch is expected to increase The hoki contains a line of fat called the "muscle line" that runs down the center of each fillet. The muscle line is rich in omega-3 fats.

 The Global Supply


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