Fisheries Infosite

Ling Auckland (East) (LIN1)
Maori name
Scientific name
Genypterus blacodes

Physical characteristics

Ling are mottled orange-pink with brown wavy markings and a white underside. Females grow larger and faster than males. Ling can grow to a maximum size of 200 cm.

Life cycle

Ling have a maximum age of 30 years. Spawning is regionally variable, generally occuring from early spring through summer.


Ling are found throughout New Zealand waters at depths of 100-900 m. They are demersal predators of crustaceans and fishes.

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