Maine Seafood Guide - Wolffish

Wolffish

species description | season | status | regulatory authority |
harvest method | recreational harvest | health benefits & risks | 

buying & preparing | brands | certifications | links


Species Description
Wolffish Anarhichas lupus
also known as ocean catfish

Wild.

Bigelow and Schroeder wrote, “The great projecting tusks, blunt snout, massive head, and small eyes give Atlantic wolffish a singularly savage aspect. Wolffish are widely renowned among fishermen for their ferocious appearance, temperament, and biting ability.”

Wolffish are a bottom-dwelling, solitary fish of deep waters on both sides of the North Atlantic Ocean.


Season
Harvesting for wolffish, commercially and recreationally, is prohibited.
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Status
The Atlantic wolffish of Georges Bank and the Gulf of Maine is considered a Species of Concern under the Endangered Species Act, and the population is overfished.
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Regulatory Authority
New England Fishery Management Council Multispecies (groundfish) Plan.
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Harvest Method
None.
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Recreational Harvest
No. Anglers are prohibited from landing Atlantic wolffish in Maine.
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Health Benefits & Risks
Mercury levels in wolffish are unknown.
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Buying & Preparing
N/A.
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Companies, Brands, and Labels
None.
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Certifications & Verifications
None.
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Links
None.
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species description | season | status | harvest method | recreational harvest
health benefits & risks | 
buying & preparing | brands certifications | links