Golden Snapper has a very sweet, rich flavor, with the flesh being super high in minerals, nutrients, and Omega-3 oils. The fillets are short and deep, tapering sharply, and have a light pink color, with a firm texture and medium flake. New Zeland snapper is rich in a naturally occurring amino acid called glycine which results in its characteristic sweet flavor.
Snapper belongs to the sea bream family and is New Zealand’s most iconic species. Prized for its colorful golden scales with light blue spots, it is a true favorite for New Zealanders and is considered the Rolls Royce of inshore species. In Japanese folklore, it is the symbol of fortune and is typically used as the centerpiece in celebratory feasts.
Snapper is found mainly in the upper half of New Zealand, from Golden Bay north in water depths of 30-300 feet. The Port town of Leigh (home of Lee Fish) is perfectly situated in the midst of the best fishing grounds – the Hauraki Gulf and north-east coast. The color, quality, and premium condition of the fish found in this particular stretch of water give Lee Fish an advantage from a supply standpoint, with literally the crème of the crop at their front doorstep.
Our snapper is caught via long-line, from our day-boat fleet and this results in the best-quality eating fish imaginable. New Zealand’s snapper fishery is managed by the Quota Management System, with a sustainable harvest TACC (Total Allowable Commerical Catch) of 6,357,300 tons.
Our golden Snapper is wild fresh, never frozen