Micromesistius poutassou / Merlan Bleu / Blauer Wittling / Melù / Путассу (северная) / 蓝鳕 / ブルーホワイティング
A small codfish, blue whiting is unique among the cod family as an entirely open ocean pelagic fish.
Mature blue whiting is found in the open sea, near the surface or in mid-water, but can also be found at depths of 1,000 metres. Blue whiting is highly migratory, but at irregular times of the year.
Blue whiting is caught in the North Atlantic (FAO area 27) from January to June. Stock levels are managed multilaterally by Norway, the EU, Iceland and the Faroe Islands.
Blue whiting is caught with a mid-water pelagic trawl (OTM).
The total Blue whiting catch has been as follows:
2010 | 547,787 MT
2011 | 107,156 MT
2012 | 375,627 MT
2013 | 628,723 MT
2014 | 1,153,339 MT
2015 | 1,414,100 MT
2016 | 1,190,300 MT
2017 | 1,559,000 MT
2018 | 1,692,000 MT E
2019 | 1,442,000 MT E
2020 | 1,296,000 MT E
Source: FAO, PFF
Nutrition values 100g edible weight