Sleek and slender with silvery white bellies
Capelin is a cold water, pelagic schooling species inhabiting Arctic and sub-Arctic seas in the Atlantic and the Pacific. Like other smelt capelin are sleek, slender fishes with olive-green backs and siulvery white bellies. They have small scales and large eyes and to not reach lengths of more than about 20 cm (8 inches). The Newforundland capelins season is typically in July each year. The capelin are sorted by sex and graded based on size and roe content.