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Butterfish, New Zealand


Also known as Dollarfish, shiner, pumpkin-seed, starfish, pomfret and Pacific pompano. The average length is 10 inches and average weight is 8 oz. They are most common in the cooler waters and mainly caught by trawling, sometimes in coastal nets.  Butterfish have dark, sweet, richly flavorful meat that’s high in fat and tender in texture.  An excellent pan fish -- it is usually gutted with the head and skin left on. The flesh turns white and opaque when cooked.  The butterfish is found in shallow water around the coasts of New Zealand and its offshore islands where it feeds largely on kelp.

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