Orange Roughy

Orange Roughy has moist, soft white flesh with a delicate flavour. However, it is fished under very strict quota management.
Orange Roughy is trawled in deep waters off the seamounts along South Australia and can live up to 120 years.

Sustainability Notes

Orange Roughy is the poster child of unsustainable fishing in Australia, one that most consumers now know that they are meant to avoid. However, persistent mislabelling by fishmongers (esp as 'Deep Sea Perch') may mislead people into unwillingly purchasing this fish.

Orange Roughy became popular when stocks were first found by trawlers in the late 1970's. Instantly valued for their soft, moist white flesh and mild taste, stocks crashed rapidly. Stocks are now recovering, and no longer considered subject to overfishing. However, despite very careful management practices being enacted, the biology of this species means that it will be some time before stocks recover.

It is a deep sea species that may live for up to 150 years. Orange Roughy are found in Deep Sea fisheries around seamounts along the south of Australia. They have been one of the primary species caught in the SE Fishery since the 80's. Orange Roughy was the first commercially harvested fish to be placed on Australia's EPBC List, with a rating of 'conservation dependent'.

Also imported from NZ, where stocks face the same problems as Australia.