Fisheries Infosite

Fishery - Scampi

Key statistics
Recreational significance Low
Customary significance Low
Environmental importance Medium
Reported commercial catch1 (tonnes)
Quota value estimate2 (NZ$m)
Exports estimate2 (NZ$m)
1 Reported commercial catch is calculated for the 12 month period to 30/09/2025
2 Quota value and exports are calculated pro-rata to reported commercial catch for the 12 month period to 30/09/2025
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Scampi are widely distributed around New Zealand, principally in depths between 200m and 500m on the continental slope.  The species is found in sandy and muddy areas of the sea floor, where the scampi make burrows, in which they spend the majority of adult life.

Trawl target fisheries for scampi were developed in the late 1980s in New Zealand's EEZ.  The main fisheries take place around the east of the North Island, the Chatham Rise and the Auckland Islands.  These scampi stocks are fished mainly by small vessels (20-40m) utilising light bottom trawl gear.
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The scampi fisheries provided approximately $11 million in export earnings in 2008.  The majority of New Zealand caught scampi is exported to Canada, Japan and the USA.