We offer European Ling all throughout the year. The chart below shows the low (white), normal (blue), and heavy (dark blue) availability seasons by month:
European Ling is caught around Iceland and at depths of 40 — 1000 m. The largest fishing areas are on the Western, South Western, and Southern coasts, with the largest catch being right off the South Western Coast.
Salted Ling Roe is considered a delicacy in Spain and is known as “Huevas de maruca”. We think it sounds more delicious in Spanish.
As a family company with deep roots in the fishing villages of Iceland, Salties Imports chooses its fishermen and producers carefully to make sure the product is of the highest quality and freshness. Most are independent fishermen in Iceland who fish on small boats.
All European Ling sold by Salties Imports comes with traceability documents showing boat names, fishing gear, fishing areas, landing sites, and landing dates. It is our belief that transparency is a necessity in seafood so our customers know all the details of the product.
Common size of European Ling is between 90 and 110 cm. They are able to reach a length of 200 cm and live for 25 years.
European Ling is related to Cod, and has a sweet taste with pearlescent white flesh. It is slightly softer than Cod and has medium flakes that separate easily when cooked. Ling is often used to as a substitute to Cod as it plates nicer but tastes almost the same.
European Ling likes eating Herring, young Cod, Haddock, and shellfish.
Fisheries management in Iceland is based on extensive research on the fish stocks and the marine ecosystem. The cornerstone of Icelandic Fisheries management is its catch limitation system. Management is also supported by other measures such as area restrictions, fishing gear restrictions, and the use of closed areas to conserve important vulnerable habitats. Our European Ling is Oceanwise recommended and carries the Oceanwise Logo.