Melanogrammus aeglefinus


Haddock can grow up to one meter long and weigh 15 kilograms. Their life span is dated to a maximum of 20 years.


The white, protein-rich and low-fat meat of haddock is very tasty.

Nutrition infos

Haddock belongs with its low-fat meat to the lean fish.



Natural habitat

the haddock lives in the European North-Atlantic from the Biskaya over the North sea as far as to the Barentssee and the white sea. In addition, it occurs in the Baltic Sea, around Iceland, at Greenland's south coast.


Haddock belongs to the cod-like fishes and lives densely over the seabed. However, it is no robbery-fish and loners differently than its "brother" of the cod, but a "peace-fish", who prefers to stay in the swarm.


They feed on worms, brittle stars, mussels, crabs and fish brood; but especially on the spawn of herring and capelin.


From the physique, the similarity of the haddock with the cod is astonishing. So, it also has a three-part back-fin and a chin-barbel. Its big black stain above the flipper is characteristic.


Haddock stocks are in good condition and are fished in moderation.

Fishing method

pelagic otter trawls (OTM)

OTM is the abbreviation for the fishing method pelagic otter trawls. Pelagic otter trawls are designed for catching fish species that live in the open water. An otter trawl consists of a funnel-shaped body which ends in a pocket (the codend) and a large opening. The horizontal opening of the net is mainly achieved by two shearboards. The vertical opening is often achieved by buoyancy elements on the headline and weights on the bottom rope. However, modern nets nowadays do not need buoyancy aids. Pelagic otter trawls have no effect on the seabed because they do not usually touch it. In most cases, fishing is targeted at one species and by-catch rates of other species are very low ("pure" fishing). Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

Fishing area(s)


Fishing method

pelagic otter trawls (OTM)