Salties Imports offers Lumpfish for select months of the year. The chart below shows the low (white), normal (blue), and heavy (dark blue) availability seasons by month:
Lumpfish is caught around Iceland and at depths of 20 — 200 m, preferring the very rocky and hard ocean floor. The largest fishing areas are around the North, North Eastern, Eastern, North Western, and Western coasts.
The male and female Lumpfish are very different both in appearance and in taste. First of all, the female is almost twice as big as the male and is of a different colour, with the male being slightly red and female blue-grey. There are names for each of the genders of Lumpfish in Icelandic: Grásleppa for female and Rauðmagi for the male. The male has a very high fat content, almost twice as Salmon, but the female has even more.
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 Lumpfish 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 male Lumpfish is between 28 and 40 cm and 5 lbs, they can reach a length of 50 cm. The common size of the female is between 35 and 54 cm and 10 lbs, they can reach a length of 65 cm.
Since there is a lot of fat in Lumpfish, it has a very rich taste. Its flesh is firm with a medium flake that softens a little after cooking. It is perfect for smoking and of course the BBQ.
Lumpfish likes eating Plankton, Krill, and Jellyfish.
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.