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Stargazer (Uranoscopidae) or Monkfish Photographs and Information



Also known as Monkfish and Anglerfish. Monkfish New Zealand Kathetostoma giganteum New Zealand - Giant stargazer, Bulldog, Stargazer, Australia - Stargazer, Japan - Mishima-okoze, Mishima, France - Rascasse blanche de Nouvelle Zelande

Stargazers are usually taken as a bycatch of deepwater trawling operations and are marketed either as whole fish or fillets.

They inhabit southern Australian waters in the 400-900 metre depth range.  They reach 70cm total length and can weigh at least 8 kg.

The monkfish is also called the anglerfish. It has a unique texture and flavor. The slightly chewy texture and mild flavor with a slight sweetness has made it very popular and earned it the nickname "poor man's lobster."

It is native to the Mediterranean and both sides of the Atlantic and averages 10 pounds in weight.

The tail section of this fish is the most important part, yielding two fillets/loins, one on each side of a cartilaginous structure. As the nickname implies, this meat may be substituted in dishes where lobster is usually required.

Pearly white flesh, firm texture, will not readily flake. Suited to most cooking methods, and when cooked has characteristics and flavor similar to rock lobster. The trimmed body is similar to that of the European monkfish, which is actually an anglerfish, apart from small pin bones which should be removed if sold as fillets.

monkfish or stargazer fillets, monk fillets

Stargazer (Uranoscopidae) or Monkfish Photo

Map showing where Monkfish & Stargazer are found in Australian waters.

Scientific Name Family Uranoscopidae
Location TAS, VIC, SA, WA, NSW
Season All year round
Size Up to 75 cm and 8.2 kg
Australian Species Code 37 4000000
Taste, Texture -

whole monkfish, stargazer fillets


Angling for Monkfish | Stargazer:

It is a prized sporting fish which will take small lures and also live bait. They inhabit southern Australian waters in the 400-900 metre depth range.  They reach 70cm total length and can weigh at least 8 kg. The monkfish is also called the anglerfish. It has a unique texture and flavor. The slightly chewy texture and mild flavor with a slight sweetness has made it very popular and earned it the nickname "poor man's lobster."

 

 


Cooking Monkfish | Stargazer:

Pearly white fish with firm texture, suited to most methods of cooking. Has characteristics similar to crayfish. Stuff with lemon, orange slices, wrap in panchetta and bake. Monkfish is sold fresh, frozen, or smoked and available as whole tails, with skin removed, or fillets. The skin and the head are usually removed before the fish is sold. Monkfish is often prepared like lobster and can be substituted for lobster in most recipes.

 


Commercial Fishing for Monkfish | Stargazer:

Monkfish aren't the prettiest fish, but they are pretty tasty, with mild, slightly sweet meat similar to lobster. Until the 1970s, this "poor man's lobster" was caught incidentally in trawls and scallop dredges and was considered a trash fish in the United States. In the 1980s, domestic commercial fisheries for monkfish developed in response to growing international demand for monkfish tails and livers (as the European and Mediterranean monkfish stocks had been depleted). By the 1990s, monkfish were the highest valued finfish in the Northeast, surpassing traditional groundfish species such as cod, haddock, and flounders.

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