The capelin spawns in winter and early spring at depths of between 20 and 60 metres on sand and gravel seabeds in Finnmark, northern Troms and The Kola Peninsula. Eggs are secreted in the substrate until hatching in May and June. Capelin It have a very high mortality rate, with many dying after spawning, although surviving capelin can live for five years. Capelin is an important source of food for other species, especially cod and herring. Norway administers the capelin stick in the Barents Sea in cooperation with Russia.
Capelin is mainly caught in the winter between December and January and December. Most vessels use purse seine, although some use pelagic trawl when the capelin stocks are found closer k gets close to the shore.
Capelin is especially rich in:
- Protein that builds and maintains every cell in the body.
More nutritional data can be found at www.nifes.no/en/prosjekt/seafood-data