Blue Ocean Institute

Black and white fish

Species is relatively abundant, and fishing methods cause little damage to habitat and other wildlife.
Capelin (Masago, Smelt Roe)

Capelin are saltwater fish that live in cold water. Capelin’s range extends to the waters around the North Pole, called a circumpolar distribution.

The Capelin fishery is one of the largest in the world. Capelin grow fast, reproducing at 3-4 years of age, then they die. Most Capelin is caught in Iceland or Canada, using purse seines and causing little habitat damage and producing limited bycatch.

Capelin is an important source of food for many seabirds, marine mammals and commercially important fish species.

Full species report here.