Introduction: Saithe

The Saithe, scientifically known as Pollachius virens, is a commonly found species of fish from the Gadidae family.

Conservation⁢ Status

Known for its large population, the Saithe is not currently considered a threatened species. Conservation efforts are⁣ not primarily focused on the⁣ Saithe due⁤ to its relatively stable numbers.


Statistic Average Range
Length 70-100 cm 30-130 cm
Weight 4-7 kg 1-18 ‍kg
Average Lifespan 16 years 10-25 years


The Saithe is ⁤widespread across ⁤the Northern Atlantic Ocean. Its habitat extends from ‌North America to Europe,‍ with significant populations observed in the North Sea, the Norwegian Sea, and the ‌Barents Sea. Saithe are known‌ to migrate ​in search of food, usually moving to deeper waters as they mature.


  • Water type: Saltwater
  • Depth range: 30-600 meters
  • Temperature⁢ range: 2-10°C

When and Where to See

Although Saithe can ​be spotted throughout the year, they generally come nearer to the coast during the summer​ months. Ideal sighting ‌times occur⁤ during⁤ daylight hours when the fish are most⁤ active.

Best Fishing‌ Locations &‌ General Tips

Fishing for Saithe typically yields ⁢the best​ results in⁤ areas ⁤such as⁣ Lofoten, Norway; Iceland; ​Shetland,⁤ Scotland;⁢ the Irish Sea; and around‍ the‌ Faroe Islands. ⁢If specific⁣ locations are not accessible, fishing near rocky coasts, fjords, or deep⁣ bays can ‍also result in successful catches.

How to ⁢Catch

Saithe are opportunistic feeders ‍and can ‍be‌ lured using ⁣a variety of live baits, ‍such as mackerel, herring,‌ or squid. The most commonly employed⁢ fishing techniques include line​ fishing, trolling, ‍and fly fishing.

Identification Guide

The Saithe​ is ⁣distinguished by its ‍large size, greenish-black‍ color ​on the upper part of the body, silver-white belly, and clearly visible lateral line ⁣running along⁢ its length.‌ It can be easily distinguished from other species by its ⁢elongated body and⁤ slender shape.

Culinary Usage

The ⁣Saithe is a popular choice in many culinary dishes, with a medium texture and sweet, delicate ‌flavor. It can be​ baked, grilled, or​ pan-fried and ​is often used in fish and‍ chips. Said to ​be rich in protein and low⁣ in fat, it ‌makes for a ​healthy dietary‍ option.

Additional ‌Information

When feeding, Saithe become very active and swim ​in large groups. This fish species‍ is sequential⁣ hermaphrodites, ⁣starting life as females and becoming males when they are older and larger. ⁤The Saithe has a few ​natural predators, including seals and large‍ fish species,‌ as well as humans.

References and Further ‍Reading

For more detailed information, consider looking⁣ into⁢ the ⁤following external resources, ‍ensuring to read up on the fishing laws in your‌ area⁤ to promote sustainable‍ and responsible fishing practices.

– Fisheries and ‍Oceans⁢ Canada⁤ – Saithe
– Sea Fish – Saithe
– Marine Species Identification Portal – Saithe
– Fishes of the NE Atlantic and ⁤Mediterranean – Saithe.

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