Maine Seafood Guide – Wolffish
Wolffish Anarhichas lupus
also known as ocean catfish
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.
Harvesting for wolffish, commercially and recreationally, is prohibited.
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.
New England Fishery Management Council Multispecies (groundfish) Plan.
No. Anglers are prohibited from landing Atlantic wolffish in Maine.
Mercury levels in wolffish are unknown.