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Catfish/wolffish (Anarhichas spp)

The catfish/wolffish is generally found in rocky areas with seaweed, and in the spawning period, often all the way up to the intertidal zone. The characteristic powerful jaws and teeth of this species testify to its natural adaptation to its diet of sea urchins, mussels, snails and crabs.

Headed and gutted

Spotted catfish (Anarhichas minor), Atlantic catfish (Anarhichas lupus) and Northern wolffish (Anarhichas denticulatus). Packed in bags about 22 kg, random block weight, trawl/longline

Sizes:
3 kg-, 3 kg +, mix

Fillets

Seafrozen fillets, packed in cartons, fixed weight, 3x15 lbs, 3x6,8 kg = 20,43 kg net each master carton. Skin off/skin on, pin bone in, trawl/ Liner -caught.

Sizes:
Seafrozen fillets, packed in cartons, fixed weight, 3x15 lbs, 3x6,8 kg = 20,43 kg net each master carton. Skin off/skin on, pbi, longliner

Sizes:
3/5 oz 5/8 oz 8-16 oz 16-32 oz

Season All year round
Size

The fish / fishery

The characteristic powerful jaws and teeth of this species testify to its natural adaptation to its diet of sea urchins, mussels, snails and crabs. The Atlantic wolffish (Anarhichas lupus) is generally found in rocky areas with seaweed, and in the spawning period, often all the way up to the intertidal zone. Wolffish spawn between November and February at depths of 40 to 200 metres. Spawning is earlier in more northerly areas and later in southern climes. The spotted catfish or spotted wolffish (Anarhichas minor) is more commonly found in arctic areas. Commercial fishery takes place in the Barents Sea and the banks off the north of Norway. Wolffish is now also farmed.

Fishing methods

Bottom-trawling, ground lines, ground nets.

Use

Sold as fillets, fresh or frozen. Once regarded as an unappealing fish that nobody wanted, wolffish has now become a culinary delicacy in great demand. Its flesh has a firm consistency, so there are many ways to prepare it in the kitchen. It can be cut in strips or bite-sized portions and stir-fried with vegetables, spices and spicy sauces. Wolffish can be fried, and due to its firm consistency, it is easy to handle on a grill.

Source

Eksportutvalget for fisk / Norwegian Seafood Export Council

LINK TO RECIPE: Steinbit med tagliatelle og tomatsaus