Highly prized for their firm, meaty flesh, it is usually sold as steaks or cutlets. Both fish are taken by Tuna longliners on both the east and west coast of Australia.
The firm, dense, oily flesh of both Swordfish and the Marlin’s is some of the ‘meatiest’ of all fish. Popular in Australia for grilling and BBQ’ing as it holds up well to strong heat without breaking apart, however the meat can become dry when overcooked.
Striped Marlin and Swordfish are on Greenpeace Australia Pacific's Seafood Redlist
AMCS lists Swordfish and Striped Marlin as SAY NO
The IUCN Redlist of Threatened Species lists Blue Marlin as "Vulnerable"
Forest & Bird (NZ) rank Swordfish and Striped Marlin E (RED - AVOID) in their Best Fish Guide
Overfishing has damaged stock numbers, and removal of top end predators such as these has effects throughout the ecosystem.