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Fish #76 Norway Pout Trisopterus esmarkii
Fish #77 Pouting Trisopterus luscus
Fish #78 Poor Cod Trisopterus minutus
Acrylic paint on found ironstone vase 21 cm tall, 17 cm maximum diameter
So plentiful within the sea,
We feed puffin, fish and seal.
So plentiful within your nets
You grind us to fishmeal.
Fishes from the genus Trisopterus include T.minutus, ( Poor Cod) which reaches an average length of 40cm and is common around the coasts of Britain and Ireland. It can be found from mid Norway to Morocco including the western Mediterranean. T. Luscus (Pouting) reaches an average length of 20 - 30cms. It is widespread around the coasts of Britain and Ireland. and T. Esmarkii (Norway pout) can grow to 35cms but commonly 19cms. It it is found off the coast of Britain and from the Barents Sea down through the North Sea as well as the waters off Norway and Iceland. This group of plentiful fish are very similar in appearance, the stripes of pouting fading once the fish is out of water for some time. They are unfussy eaters feeding off any small fish, crustaceans, eggs, sea worms and anything on the sand or muddy sea bed. As they mature they move out to deeper waters. They, in turn, are food for larger fish such as cod and bass and also eaten by seals. They are plentiful in the seas and as a consequence not on the list of any endangered species. Poor cod are eaten in many south European countries and all the Trisopterus species I have painted are plentiful enough to be trawled for manufacturing fish meal as well as fish oil.
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