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Iceland Creates Protected Area to Aid Research on Catfish Breeding

The Atlantic Catfish

The Icelandic Fisheries and Agriculture Department has created a protected area for catfish breeding in order to study how the species spawns. The protected area is to the North West of the country, approximately 110km offshore. Bottom trawling disturbs the eggs of the catfish and so fishing is prohibited in the protected area from from 15th September 2011 to and including the 15th November 2011.

The protected area is located at:

  • 65 ° 25.34 ‘N – 26 ° 26.94’ W
  • 65 ° 25.34 ‘N – 26 ° 24.53’ W
  • 65 ° 17.00 ‘N – 26 ° 24.53’ W
  • 65 ° 17.00 ‘N – 26 ° 26.94’ W

Atlantic Catfish, which is around 50cm long, and the larger Spotted Catfish, which is around 140cm long, both spawn off the coast of Iceland. The Atlantic variety is renowned and feared for having strong jaws which they use for crushing the shells of their prey. The Spotted Catfish lives in deeper waters and eats the eggs of its cousin species, as well as other prey.

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