The carotenoid content in certain fish species from the fisheries of New Zealand
Bulletin of the Sea Fisheries Institute 1 (149) 2000, pp. 35-42

Bazyli Czeczuga1, Bernard KŁYSZEJKO2 and Ewa Czeczuga-Semeniuk1
1Medical University, Kilińskiego 1, 15-230 Białystok, Poland
2Academy of Agriculture, K. Królewicza 4, 71-550 Szczecin, Poland

Key words: New Zealand, fishes, carotenoids.

Using column and thin-layer chromatography, carotenoid content was examined in the fillets (muscles with skin), liver and gonads (in a few species) of twenty-two species of fish from the fisheries of New Zealand. Twenty-six carotenoids were found, with a predominance of canthaxanthin and astaxanthin. The total carotenoid content  in the examined material ranged from 0.281 (carcases of Zeus faber) to 6.384 mg * g-1 wet mass (liver of Scomber japonicus).