Blue Ocean Institute


Species is relatively abundant, and fishing methods cause little damage to habitat and other wildlife.
Hoki A fishery targeting this species has been certified as sustainable and well managed to the Marine Stewardship Council's environmental standard. Learn more at
These fish contain levels of mercury or PCBs that may pose a health risk to adults and children.

Hoki is one of the most abundant commercial species in New Zealand and the majority of Hoki are exported to China, where they are re-exported to Europe.

There are two populations of Hoki in New Zealand waters (western and eastern) and both populations have high abundance. Hoki form spawning aggregations (large groups of that come together for mating) in several locations during the winter months, and fishermen easily target these aggregations.

Fishermen use both mid-water and bottom trawls to target Hoki, which damage the sea floor to varying degrees. Bycatch of seabirds and fur seals has been reduced over the past several years and the Marine Stewardship Council certifies the fishery as sustainable.

Full species report here.

This fish may have moderately high levels of mercury that could pose a health risk to adults and children. More info here about mercury in hake. Check out our mercury in seafood section.