We offer Lemon Sole all throughout the year. The chart below shows the low (white), normal (blue), and heavy (dark blue) availability seasons by month:
Lemon Sole is caught around Iceland and at depths of about 20 — 200 m. The largest fishing areas are around the Westfjords, Western, South Western, and Southern coasts. It prefers stony ocean floors.
Lemon Sole has an unusually small mouth for its size and as a matter of fact, the latin name “Microstomus” derives from the greek words “Mikro” meaning small and “Stoma” meaning mouth.
Lemon Sole is not a true Sole, Its a flounder specie of the right eye Flounder family. It is considered more flavourful than its pacific relative, and is highly sought after as a restaurant dish.
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 Lemon Sole 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 Lemon Sole is between 35 and 45 cm and 6 lbs. Some individuals can grow upwards of 65 cm, and live for 24 years.
Lemon Sole has delicate and sweet white flesh, but unlike the name, it does not taste like a lemon. It is considered to be among the tastier fish species and it's often sought after by restaurants. It has a classic tender fine flake that comes apart easily when cooked. Lemon sole is a complicated fish, first it is not a sole, it’s a Flounder, and second, it is completely different than the Pacific Lemon Sole.
Lemon Sole likes eating capelin, shellfish, worms, small bottom dwelling fish, sand eels, and seaweed.
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.