Hake (HAK)

HAK1, HAK4 & HAK7 ARE CURRENTLY CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE THROUGH THE MARINE STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL FISHERIES STANDARD. TO VIEW THE SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS FOR THE MSC ASSESSMENT OF NEW ZEALAND HAKE FISHERIES, CLICK HERE.


New Zealand hake is harvested mainly by trawl 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. 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.

Common Name

Hake

Scientific Name

Merluccius australis 

Ministry Code

HAK


Quick Facts

  • Trawl fishery (found 250-800m)
  • Managed as four fish stocks: Sub-Antarctic (HAK1), Chatham Rise (HAK4), Challenger (HAK7), and Kermadec (HAK10) which is not harvested.
  • DWG represents HAK1-7 and 93% of their total quota
  • Live near seabed and move up the water column to feed at night
  • Breed around 6-10 years old and live to 25 years
  • Each of New Zealand's hake fisheries are certified sustainable by the internationally-recognised Marine Stewardship Council. They are part of a select few global fisheries certified without conditions (or areas requiring improvement)
  • White flesh with few bones and delicate flavour

* ‘Known distribution range’ provides an indication of where hake are likely to be found based on all known records of hake collected from research and commercial activities. They may be found elsewhere. ‘Main fishing grounds’ is based on the trawl footprint for the last ten years, only a fraction of this is trawled annually