Fisheries Infosite

Rays Bream Extra Territorial (200 mile limit) (RBMET)
Scientific name
Brama brama

Physical characteristics

Ray's Bream is metallic silver on top, and paler underneath. They have prominent gold eyes. Ray's Bream grows to a maximum length of 60 cm.

Life cycle

Knowledge about Ray's Bream is largely based on studies done on Southern Ray's Bream, found in Australia. It is thought that the biology is similar, and maximum age estimates reach 25 years. They are thought to be fast-growing, reaching 40-50 cm in 3-5 years.


Ray's Bream are offshore, midwater fish that are found to depths of 200 m. They are thought to eat small fish and shrimps.

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