Fisheries Infosite

Black oreo Sub-Antarctic (BOE6)
Scientific name
Allocyttus niger

Physical characteristics

Black Oreo have uniformly grey-black bodies and large eyes. They can reach a maximum length of 40 cm.

Life cycle

Black Oreo has an estimated maximum age of 153 years. It is estimated that females reach maturity at 34 cm in length and 27 years of age. Spawning takes place from late October to December.


Black Oreo is mostly found in the south-east and southern parts of New Zealand at depths of 600-1300 m.

Black oreo is managed under the QMS as OEO. All catch and value information relating to this stock can be found on the OEO species page.(click here)

Key statistics
Recreational significance Low
Customary significance Low
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