Capelin is found in both the
Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. It is eaten mainly dried (in Japan) although
palatable products can be made from oily, pre-spawning capelin. Capelins have
been consumed mainly by inhabitants of Polar Regions, but are seldom consumed
further south. Female fish, separated from males by high-speed machines, are
valued for their roe. Males are used for animal feed and fishmeal. Over 1
million tons of capelin are caught annually. It is important nourishment for
cod and other fish. Therefore a decline in capelin stocks may reduce resources
of more valuable fish in northern seas.
Nutritional data of edible weight:
Water 65.6%, protein 13.6%, fat 17.5%, other 3.3%.