We offer Monkfish all throughout the year. The chart below shows the low (white), normal (blue), and heavy (dark blue) availability seasons by month:
Monkfish is caught all around Iceland and at depths of 20 — 1000 m, preferring sandy or muddy ocean floors. The largest fishing areas are around the Westfjords, Western, and Southern Coasts.
All Monkfish that is sold is actually female. Until recently, scientists thought there we no male Monkfish. The relationship between female Monkfish and male Monkfish is almost parasitic as the males, which are a lot smaller, attach themselves onto the females and grow that way.
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 Monkfish 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 Monkfish is between 50 and 80 cm and 30 lbs. Some individuals can grow upwards of 200 cm, 60 lbs, and live for 20 years.
Monkfish is often called the "Poor mans Lobster", as its taste and texture is somewhat close to Lobster. It has a mild taste and firm texture that is excellent to put on the BBQ. Monkfish is also often called "Goosefish" because of its incredibly delicious liver.
Monkfish is not very picky when it comes to choosing food. They’ll eat shrimp, crab, lobster, snails, fish, and anything that will fit into their mouths; including seabirds. Their big mouths allows them to eat pray that is bigger than them.
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 Monkfish is Oceanwise recommended and carries the Oceanwise Logo.