Fisheries Infosite

Scampi Central (East) (SCI2)
Scientific name
Metanephrops challengeri

Physical characteristics

Scampi are white-pinkish with dark orange stripes at the joints.

Life cycle

Scampi have a maximum age of 15 years. Females reach maturity at 30-56 mm depending on their location. Spawning occurs through spring and early summer.


Scampi are widely distributed around New Zealand at depths between 200-500 m. They build burrows in muddy sediments and spend most of their time in the burrow.

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