Fisheries Infosite

Frilled Venus Shell South-East (Chatham Rise) (BYA4)
Maori name
Scientific name
Bassina yatei

Physical characteristics

Frilled Venus Shell can grow up to 88 mm shell length.

Life cycle

Frilled Venus Shell are thought to be broadcast spawners, with spawning occuring in summer months.


Frilled Venus Shell is found on all coasts of New Zealand at 6-9 m depth.

Key statistics
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