Bluenose – New Zealand, Bottom Longlines
Bluenose (or Antarctic Butterfish) is a large fish, growing to over 50 kg, found in temperate waters of New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, and South America. They are particularly vulnerable to fishing pressure because they are long lived, mature late, and exhibit schooling and spawning aggregation behaviors that make them easy to catch.
Bluenose sold in the U.S. primarily comes from New Zealand. Bluenose in New Zealand is at a medium abundance level.
Bluenose are caught with several gear types. Bottom longlines result in the capture of seabirds, including vulnerable albatrosses and petrels. Bottom longlines cause moderate damage to seaflloor habitats.