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Wolffish is a lean, scaleless fish with a neutral taste, which in the last few years has become a culinary luxury. Its meat is delicate and can be served as chops and fillets, which can be poached, braised, pan fried, steamed or deep-fried.

Area

In Norway, wolffish can be found along the coastline south of Hordaland. It is also common in the North Atlantic from the Barents Sea to the North Sea.

Maximum size

Up to 1,3 metres and 20 kilos

Some alternative names

Latin: Anarhichas spp.

English: Wolffish, catfish

French: Loup de mer

German: Katfisch 

Wolffish is a groundfish which comes in three varieties in Norwegian waters. Spotted wolfish, Northern wolfish and Catfish. The Northern variety is most common in Norway. The fish is easily recognized by its long dorsal fin and powerful jaw with several rows of powerful teeth. The Atlantic wolfish is stationary and rarely moves from its rocky home. It lives in depths of around 600 metres. As it lives in waters near freezing point, it is equipped with a natural antifreeze that keeps its blood circulating. It matures at around 6 years, and spawns between November and February. The fish roe are laid on the seabed and are guarded by the male. The eggs hatch at 9 or 10 months, and the larvae float to the surface, to be carried further by the currents until they reach a critical mass, at which point they sink again towards the seabed. The wolffish can live for up to 25 years.

Wild catch

Wolffish is caught with bottom trawl, longline or trap net in the Barents Sea and on the fishing banks in Northern Norway. The season is all year around. Wolffish is also farmed.

Products

Wolffish is sold in the following forms:

  • Fresh and frozen fillets

Diet

Sea urchins, mussels, snails and crabs

Nutrition

Wolffish is especially rich in:

  • Protein that builds and maintains every cell in the body.
  • Vitamin D, necessary to balance calcium in the body, which maintains and strengthens the bones.
  • Vitamin B12, which is important for the body to produce new cells, including red blood cells. Vitamin B12 can contribute to preventing anaemia.
  • Selenium, an important element in an enzyme that fights harmful chemical processes in the body.

More nutritional data can be found at www.nifes.no/en/prosjekt/seafood-data