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Porae

 

PORAE

Nemadactylus douglasii  (Scientific Name)
Nick name: big lips
Other common names: Morwong or ‘rubberlip’ (Australia)

 

MOF Regulations

Nil


Daily Bag Limits

Auckland and Kermadec FMA          20
Central FMA                           20
Challenger FMA                                 20
Porae are part of the combined 20 finfish limit
 
South-East FMA                                  30
Southland and Sub-Antarctic FMA    30
There is a total combined finfish limit of 30 however porae are not listed as part of this limit
 
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DESCRIPTION

Porae have a silvery body with a blue/green tinge on top and bluish fins. Juveniles have a dark blotch along their sides. Often mistaken for snapper, they can however be identified by their ‘big lips’ and long pectoral fins that reach as far back as the anus.
 

AGE & GROWTH

Porae grow to a maximum length of 100 cm, but most adult fish are around 40-60 cm and have a top weight of around 12kgs. Although porae have a lifespan of around 30 years, they grow rapidly, reaching 25-28 cm after just two  years.  At this point, maturity is reached and growth slows. Spawning occurs during late summer and autumn.
 

HABITAT & FEEDING

Although they can be found as far south as the Cook Straight during the summer months, porae are more common in the north of the North Island. They are also found on sandy reefs and gravel patches throughout inshore areas that offer easy access to food supplies. Porae feed on worms, brittlestars and sea urchins but love crabs and other invertebrates that they find on the bottom. Adults are thought to occupy distinct home ranges, with some residing in the same area for many years.


FOOD QUALITY

Porae have moist, medium to thick flakes with a slightly grey meat that whitens when cooked. They are good to bake, BBQ, poach or to use in a curry, pie or chowder.




 
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