Scientific Name: – Micromesistius poutassou
The blue whiting, Micromesistius poutassou, one of the two species in the genus Micromesistius in the cod family, is common in the northeast Atlantic Ocean from Morocco to Iceland and Spitsbergen. It also occurs in the northern parts of the Mediterranean, where it may be locally abundant. Blue whiting also occur in the northwest Atlantic Ocean between Canada and Greenland, but is considered rare. It has a long, narrow body and a silvery underbody. The fish can attain a length of more than 40Śćcm. The average length of blue whiting caught off the west shores of the UK is 31Śćcm. A related species, southern blue whiting, Micromesistius australis, occurs in the Southern Hemisphere.