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Lat. Mallotus Villosus

Capelin is a small forage fish belonging to the smelt family. It is primarily found in the cold waters of the Arctic, North Atlantic, and North Pacific Oceans. Capelin is easily identifiable by its small size, elongated body, and silvery coloring, with a greenish-blue hue on its back.

This species is well-known for its massive spawning migrations, where large numbers move towards shorelines to reproduce, making them an essential ecological component. Capelin plays a crucial role in the marine food web, serving as a primary food source for larger predators like cod, seals, and seabirds.

In terms of commercial significance, capelin is a key species in the fishing industry, especially in countries like Iceland, Norway, and Canada. They are primarily harvested for their roe, which is considered a delicacy in many cultures, particularly in Japan, where it is known as "masago." Besides roe, capelin is also used for fishmeal and oil production.

The fishery for capelin is mostly carried out using purse seines and trawls. Management of capelin fisheries is important to ensure sustainability, given their vital role in the marine ecosystem and their economic value.

Capelin's nutritional profile includes being a good source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids. While not as widely consumed directly by humans as other fish species, its indirect contribution to human diets through its role in the food web is significant.

In summary, capelin is an ecologically important species, forming a key link in the marine food chain and supporting commercial fisheries. Their annual spawning migrations are not only a remarkable natural phenomenon but also a critical aspect of maintaining the balance in marine ecosystems.

(per piece): 25 - 35cm / 30 - 40cm / 35 - 45cm / 45 - 55cm
Whole round, mixed male and female fish
Wrapped in plastic film and packed in standard cartons. Net 20kg block.
Wrapped in plastic film and packed in standard cartons. Net 20kg block.

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