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Bluenose Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Antarctic Butterfish, Blue Bream, Blue-eye Trevalla, Bluenose Sea Bass Southern Pacific Wild

Bluenose, Wild, Southern Pacific

Bluenose is not a "Best Choice" at this time due to a lack of knowledge on its life history and population status.

Consumer Note

Bluenose is a relative newcomer to menus, and may also be sold as Antarctic butterfish or bluenose sea bass.


Bluenose is found on continental slopes and around seamounts in the southern Pacific and Indian oceans, mainly off New Zealand and south Australia. Data on bluenose have only been collected since the 1980s and we still don't know much about its life history and biology. Little is also known about the health of bluenose populations.

Adults live near the ocean bottom and are sometimes caught with deepwater trawls, which damage the seafloor and the corals that live there. On the positive side, however, most of the bluenose available in the U.S. is from the New Zealand handline fishery.

Other fishes (like grouper, grenadier and dogfish) are caught as bycatch in some of the fisheries that catch bluenose. The management agencies in Australia and New Zealand are working to reduce this bycatch.

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