New Zealand Seafood


Blue-grey above and silvery-white below with a dark head that extends towards the dorsal fin. Silver warehou have a dark blotch above the pectoral fin and blackish spots on the mid belly. They differ from other warehou species with their slender shape and pitted skin.

Silver Warehou are members of the Centrolophidae family (butterfishes, medusafishes). They live off the shelf edge and the upper slope at 200 to 500 metres. The major concentrations are found off both coasts of the South Island (extending south to the Auckland Islands) and on the Chatham Rise.

They feed on midwater plankton and jellyfish-like pelagic tunicates. Spawning takes place from September to October, mainly on the western Chatham Rise.  Silver warehou are also found off southern Australia and South America.

Silver warehou are caught by trawlers throughout the year.  White warehou (S. caerulea) is a closely related species that is uniformly grey-white with no obvious scales or pits and no pectoral blotches. This species is found in deeper water than the silver warehou. It is common off southeast New Zealand and on the Campbell Plateau.

Silver Warehou Meat Quality

White, firm texture. Silver warehou has high fat content. Suited to all methods of cooking.

Product Details


A Sustainable Fishing Resource Harvested According to the New Zealand Quota Management System

Scientific Name

Seriolella punctata

Market Names

New Zealand: Silver Warehou, Spotted Warehou

Japan: Shiruba, Ginhirasu

Korea: Un saes dom

Spain: Cojinoba

Product Profile

Length: 40–60 cm

Weight: 0.5–2 kg, up to 5 kg

Availability: Year-round

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