Norwegian Ling

Ling is an edible fish with tasty, white and relatively firm meat that resembles cod. It can be prepared fresh, salted or dried and can be used in all recipes that traditionally use cod. Roe of ling is considered a delicacy in Spain.

Ling is a cod fish that lives on rocky bottoms seabeds in warm areas at a depth of between 60 and to 1000 metres depths, but is mostly found between 300 and 400 metres. It has a long, slender body that is slightly flattened on the sides.

Along Ling is common along the Norwegian Sea shelf, ling is common from the Shetlands to the south-western part of the Barents Sea. Young fish commonly occur in quite shallow waters along the coast or on offshore banks, for instance in the northern part of the North Sea. Ling becomes sexually matures between the age of five and seven, and are believed to undergo an age- or size-dependent migration to deeper areas and spawning grounds. The main spawning areas are the North Sea and by the Storegga bank, the western banks of the British Isles and southwest of Iceland. Females spawn up to 60 million eggs that hatch after 10 days in the North Sea and banks north of the British Isles. Ling can live for up to 30 years.

Area

On the continental shelf, on banks and in fjords from the Bay of Biscay to Iceland, in Skagerrak, Kattegat and the southwestern part of the Barents Sea.

Maximum size

Up to 2 metres and 40 kilos

Some alternative names

Latin: Molva molva

English: Ling

French: Lingue

German: Leng

Wild catch

Ling is mainly caught with longline or net along the continental slope, but also in deep waters in the fjords. Ling fishery takes place all year round, also as bycatch.

Diet

Fish

Fishery

Ling is mainly caught with longline or net along the continental slope, but also in deep waters in the fjords. The Ling fishery takes place all year round, also as bycatch in other fisheries.

Nutrition
Seafood contains almost all the nutrients the body needs. Ling is especially rich in:

  • Protein that builds and maintains every cell in the body.
  • Vitamin D, which is necessary to balance calcium in the body, which maintains and strengthens the bones.
  • Vitamin B12, which is important for the body in producing new cells, including red blood cells. Vitamin B12 can contribute help to prevent anaemia.
  • Selenium is an important contributory substance in an enzyme that fights harmful chemical processes in the body, an important element in an enzyme that fights harmful chemical processes in the body.
Norwegain Ling

Nutrition facts

Nutrients:

Protein: 17,5 g

Fat: 0.,2 g

Saturated fatty acids: 0 g

Trans fatty acids: 0 g

Monounsaturated fatty acids: 0 g

Polyunsaturated fatty acids: 0.,1 g

Cholesterol: 46 mg

Vitamins:

Vitamin A: 2 RAEµg

Vitamin D: 3.,4 µg

Riboflavin: 0.,08 mg

Foliate: 7 µg

Vitamin B12: 0.,5 µg

Minerals:

Iron: 0.,2 mg

Selenium: 30 µg