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Lumpfish are found in colder waters in northern latitudes. The Greenland lumpfish fishery, which operates along the west coast, is the largest in the world.  Lumpfish also occur around Iceland, along the Canadian Labrador coast, and in the North Sea, Baltic Sea and Barents Sea.

Lumpfish has a large, squat body, and typically grows to a body length of about 50 cm. It is mainly harvested for its roe, a highly prized alternative to caviar.

Greenland lumpfish fishermen operate close to shore in small boats and using highly selective static gillnets. These consist of a single netting wall kept more or less vertical by a floatline and a weighted groundline. The net is set on the bottom or at a certain distance above it and kept stationary by anchors or weights.

The lumpfish fishery has a well-defined fishing season with little overlap with other fisheries.

Lumpfish (Cyclopterus lumpus) image  © Scandinavian Fishing Year Book