Fisheries Infosite

Bluenose South East (Coast) (BNS3)
Maori name
Scientific name
Hyperoglyphe antarctica

Physical characteristics

Bluenose have a dark blue-grey top with silver-blue belly and flanks. They can grow to a length of 137 cm.

Life cycle

Bluenose have a maximum age of 60 years. The reach sexual maturity at 10 years of age and 60-65 cm in length. Spawning takes place between January and April.


Bluenose are common throughout New Zealand waters. The depth distribution varies with age, but overall they range from smaller fish found near surface waters and larger fish down to depths below 600 m. They feed on squid, crabs, lanternfish and small ling.

Key statistics
Recreational significance Medium
Customary significance Medium
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