Common dab

Common dab

Projects Limanda limanda Dab is small compared to other flatfishes of commercial importance, usually between 20 and 35 cm in total length. The largest individual found in Icelandic waters was 49 cm, which is a world record.  Distribution The dab is exclusively a...
Herring

Herring

Projects Clupea harengus The herring is the most abundant fish in the North Atlantic. It is commonly between 30 and 40 cm length; the largest herring measured in Icelandic waters was 46.5 cm, which might be a world record.  It can reach up to 25 years of age....
European plaice

European plaice

Projects Pleuronectes platessa Plaice is a medium sized flatfish. It has a smooth skin as opposed to, for example, dab and long rough dab. It is recognized by the red or orange spots on the otherwise dark back, the underside is white. The maximum recorded size is 100...
Long rough dab

Long rough dab

Projects Hippoglossoides platessoides The long rough dab is one of the most widely distributed and possibly the most plentiful of Icelandic flatfish. Distribution The long rough dab is usually found on muddy or sandy bottoms but also on other bottom types. It is...
Atlantic halibut

Atlantic halibut

Bony fishes Hippoglossus hippoglossus The Atlantic halibut is among the largest of bony fishes in the world with a maximum recorded size of 4.7 m. The largest in Icelandic water measured 3.56 m. Common size in catches is 30-150 cm. Distribution It is found over most...
Starry ray

Starry ray

Projects Amblyraja radiata The starry ray is a small ray species, usually between 40 and 70 cm long, but can reach up to 100 cm. Distribution It is found all around Iceland and is in fact one of the most widely distributed fish in Icelandic waters. It is common at a...
Saithe

Saithe

Codfishes Pollachius virens The saithe is a large codfish, usually between 70 and 110 cm long in catches, but the largest individual caught in Icelandic waters measured 132 cm. Distribution The saithe can be described as benthopelagic fish, i.e., it occurs both close...
Atlantic wolffish

Atlantic wolffish

Anarhichas lupus The wolffish is a generous sized, rather long fish, usually around 50 to 80 cm long, but the largest individual caught in Icelandic waters measured at 125 cm. Distribution It is found all around Iceland but is most common off Vestfirðir...
Shorthorn sculpin

Shorthorn sculpin

Projects Myoxocephalus scorpius Shorthorn sculpins can reach up to 79 cm size in very cold waters but as the waters get warmer they get smaller. Maximum size around Iceland is about 40 cm. Distribution The shorthorn sculpin is a shallow water fish, as seashore anglers...
Capelin

Capelin

Projects Mallotus villosus The capelin is possibly the most ecologically important fish in Icelandic waters. It is a small pelagic fish, usually between 15 and 18 cm in catches and has a very short life cycle. Distribution Except for the need to spawn in relatively...
Norway redfish

Norway redfish

Projects Sebastes viviparus Distribution This species found on the continental shelf in the North-eastern Atlantic, from the Barents Sea to Iceland. It is common in the warmer waters off southern and western Iceland. It also occurs in the north but is rather rare....
Spotted wolffish

Spotted wolffish

Anarhichas minor The spotted wolffish is very similar to its more common cousin the Atlantic wolffish, except it has a spotted coloration similar as leopards. It can get quite large or up to 144 cm long. Unconfirmed sources indicate a maximum size of 180 cm. Common...
Rock gunnel

Rock gunnel

Projects Pholis gunnellus The rock gunnel is a small and slenderfishy, usually yellow in color and with black spots on the back. It is only found in really shallow waters and is probably the easiest fish species to find on the seashore. That’s why many people...
Lumpfish

Lumpfish

Projects Cyclopterus lumpus The lumpsucker is a thick, ungainly, almost ball-shaped fish. The females are much larger, or usually from 35 to 55 cm long, but can reach up to 60 cm; the males are usually 28 to 40 cm long. Lumpsuckers grow rapidly and can become mature...
Golden redfish

Golden redfish

Projects Sebates norvegicus The golden redfish is one of the most common and commercially important fish in Icelandic waters. It is commonly from 35 to 40 cm long in catches, but exceptionally large individuals of up to 100 cm and 15 kg have been measured. ...
Haddock

Haddock

Codfishes Melanogrammus aeglefinus The haddock is a rather large codfish, usual size in catches is between 50 and 65 cm long, but the largest individual caught in Icelandic waters measured 112 cm which might be a world record. Distribution It is found in European...
Lemon sole

Lemon sole

Projects Microstomus kitt The lemon sole is a medium sized rather thickset flatfish, usually around 30 cm long, but the largest individual caught measured at 65 cm. Distribution Mostly it occurs on rocky or sandy bottoms at depths between 50 to 300 m. Its body is less...
Monkfish

Monkfish

Lophius piscatorius The monkfish (or angler) has a large head and a very large mouth with sharp teeth. Many people claim that it is among the ugliest fish in the ocean. However, despite its looks it is one of the most valuable fish in the sea per weight.  Distribution...
Turbot

Turbot

Projects Scophthalmus maximus The turbot is a large almost perfectly round flatfish that turns the wrong way. That is, most northern flatfishes face the left side up (where they eyes are) while the turbot (also the megrim) face the right side up. It can reach about 1...
Spiny dogfish

Spiny dogfish

Squalus acanthias The spiny dogfish is a medium sized dogfish, common size is 70-90 cm. The largest measured in Icelandic waters was 114 cm. It is considered slow growing but can reach an old age, perhaps up to 100 years. The spiny dogfish is a predator as most...
Cod

Cod

Codfishes Gadus morhua The cod can grow quite large; the largest individual found was about 200 cm long. Common size in catches is much smaller, or in the range of 45 to 105 cm long in most fishing gear in Icelandic waters. Distribution Worldwide, the stock is...

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