iki jime Fish Finder
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Also known as:



Pacific bream


Common Group Name:

Drummers, Parore

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Species Name:

Girella tricuspidata

Dispatch Method:

The eating qualities of these fish is greatly improved if they are killed immediately by iki jime or a firm knock to the head before placing them in an ice slurry after bleeding.

Fish Description:

  • Normal colouration for Parore is kakhi green to brown, or bluish-grey, with up to 11-12 thin tapering vertical bars on the side of the body, which fade to silvery below.
  • Male fish mature in their third year at around 22-25 cm while females usually mature at a slightly larger size at around 26 cm.
  • A 30 cm Parore is probably around 5 years old, while a 40 cm fish may be upwards of 15 years old.

Fish Distribution:

  • Parore occur in estuaries and nearshore rocky reefs in the northern parts of the North Island of New Zealand, as well as along Australia's East coast.
  • Because of their diet of mainly algae, they are usually found associated with weedy habitats.

Fish Size Common Length:

25-30 cm, maximum size 70 cm and 4 kg.