Monkfish New Zealand Kathetostoma giganteum New Zealand - Giant stargazer, Bulldog, Stargazer, Australia - Stargazer, Japan - Mishima-okoze, Mishima, France - Rascasse blanche de Nouvelle Zelande
Average size 12-20 inches, weighing about 4.5 pounds. Occurs only in New
Zealand but is very similar to species found around Japan and Europe. Six
species of stargazer occur around New Zealand but only the monkfish is
Moderately common in shelf waters about southern New Zealand 60-600m. Caught by trawling. Landings decline over the winter, May-August. A moderate resource.
Pearly white flesh, firm texture, will not readily
flake. Suited to most cooking methods, and when cooked has characteristics
and flavor similar to rock lobster. The trimmed body is similar to that of
the European monkfish, which is actually an anglerfish, apart from small
pin bones which should be removed if sold as fillets.