We offer Haddock all throughout the year. The chart below shows the low (white), normal (blue), and heavy (dark blue) availability seasons by month:
Haddock is caught all around Iceland and at depths of 10 — 200 m, with ideal ocean temperatures of 4°C — 7°C. The largest fishing areas are around the Westfjords, south eastern, and south western coasts. Haddock tends to be found around soft bottoms and not rocky areas.
Legend goes that the black line that runs down the sides of the Haddock was caused by the devil attempting to grab one from the ocean. When it was taken it was able to escape but the devil’s nails scraped and ‘burned’ a line into its sides. Now all Haddocks carry this characteristic.
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 Haddock 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 Haddock is between 55 and 65 cm and 30 lbs. The largest individual caught in Icelandic waters measured 109 cm and was 17 years old.
Haddock has a mild sweet taste with pearlescent white flesh. Its texture is firm yet tender after cooking. Haddock is more tender than cod, it has a finer flake, and is slightly sweeter to the taste. Some find the flavour to be closer to halibut than to Cod.
Haddock likes eating bottom dwellers such as smaller fish and sand eels, as well as Amphipods and Capelin.
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 Haddock is Oceanwise recommended and carries the Oceanwise Logo.