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Arctic Char

Arctic char are closely related to trout and salmon and are known for their delicate flavor and pink flesh.

Arctic Char

Arctic Char (Salvelinus alpinus) is a species of freshwater and anadromous fish found in cold, northern waters around the world. They are closely related to trout and salmon and are known for their delicate flavor and pink flesh.


Arctic char have a distinctive appearance, with a slender body and small,   irregularly spaced scales. They have a greenish-brown color on their back and sides, with a silvery-white underside. During spawning season, males develop bright red spots on their sides and belly. Arctic char have small, sharp teeth and a small, forked tail.


Arctic char are found in cold, northern waters around the world, including the Arctic, subarctic, and alpine regions of North America, Europe, and Asia. They inhabit both freshwater and saltwater environments, and are known to move between the two during different stages of their life cycle. Arctic char are typically found in clear, cold water with rocky or sandy bottoms.

Fishing and Seasonality

Arctic char are a popular game fish and are often caught using fly fishing techniques. They can also be caught using spinning or trolling gear, and are known to be attracted to small lures and flies. The peak season for Arctic char fishing varies depending on the region, but is generally from late spring to early fall. In some regions, Arctic char are also commercially fished for food. They are typically caught using gillnets or trap nets, and are often sold smoked or fresh.


Arctic char is highly prized for its delicate flavor and pink flesh, which is similar to salmon. It is a versatile fish that can be cooked in a variety of ways, including baking, grilling, broiling, and frying. Arctic char is often used in seafood dishes such as sushi, ceviche, and smoked fish, and is also popular as a topping for bagels and cream cheese.


Arctic char populations are generally considered stable, but there are concerns about overfishing and habitat loss. In some regions, commercial fishing for Arctic char has been limited or prohibited to help ensure the sustainability of wild populations. Additionally, there are ongoing efforts to develop sustainable aquaculture practices for Arctic char and other fish species, as a way to reduce pressure on wild populations. Habitat restoration projects and other conservation initiatives are also being implemented to protect the habitats of Arctic char and other freshwater fish species.

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