Barracouta is widespread in New Zealand coastal waters and abundant in the main fishing grounds around the South Island. It is caught mainly by trawling, in depths of 200m.
Barracouta have a dark blue-grey back with silver sides and a blue/purple iridescence tinged belly. Their body is long, slender and smooth skinned with a pointed head and a large mouth, containing very sharp teeth.
It is an oily fish, suitable for grilling, smoking or frying.