We offer Witch all throughout the year. The chart below shows the low (white), normal (blue), and heavy (dark blue) availability seasons by month:
Witch is caught around Iceland and at depths of 20 — 1500 m, with ideal ocean temperatures of 2°C — 6°C. The largest fishing areas are on the Western and Southern coasts.
Witch is often overlooked because of its unappealing name. It is a delicate and tasty fish, and to change its image, it has been rebranded as Torbey Sole.
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 Witch 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 Witch is between 45 and 65 cm and 3 lbs. Some individuals grow to 78 cm and weigh upwards of 6 lbs, and live for 25 years.
Witch is a lean fish that has a mild flavour with a soft texture. It cooks up fully white and has a medium flake that comes apart easily once cooked.
Witch feeds on crabs, lobsters, shrimp, and other shellfish as well as starfish and small fish such as 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.