Rāwaru / Blue Cod

Parapercis colias

Blue cod (Parapercis colias) is Ngāi Tahu Seafood's most popular fin fish and arguably New Zealand's most delicious eating fish. It is potted in the cool inshore waters of the South Island for Ngāi Tahu Seafood by lobster fishers, in the same way that lobsters are caught. The species is carefully controlled, both commercially and recreationally in order to maintain stocks.

Blue cod, is the first choice of fish for many locals in Te Waipounamu, the South Island of New Zealand. It is also highly rated by the vibrant Chinese communities of Auckland, New Zealand and Sydney, Australia. The fish is generally landed fresh then gilled and gutted. Ngāi Tahu Seafood has a reputation for supplying consistently excellent plate-size fresh blue cod.

Blue cod is caught year round but supply can be limited at times. The fish freezes very well though, and frozen fillets are exported to South East Asia.