Fisheries Infosite

Kina Extra Territorial (200 mile limit) (SURET)
Maori name
Scientific name
Evechinus chloroticus

Physical characteristics

The growth of Kina varies regionally but can grow larger than 100 mm in diameter.

Life cycle

Kina have a maximum age of at least 20 years and the size at maturity varies from 30 mm to 75 mm. Spawning takes place annually from November to March.


Kina are found on rocky substrates to depths of 50 m. Kina is herbivorous and competes for food with paua.

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