Cod

Bakkaljaw

Trispterus minutus

Caution

Caught:

Caught as bycatch during the fishing of other demersal (bottom-dwelling) fish species by bottom trawling.

Availability:

It is available all year round but is most commonly found in spring.

Facts:

Cod was commonly used to make Sfinec tal-Bakkaljaw (Salt Cod Fritters) in old Maltese cuisine. The name Poor Cod probably comes from the fact that it was a readily available and cheap fish to buy.

Our suggestion:

Although the method used to catch the Mediterranean Poor Cod is considered to be damaging to the environment, it is caught as accidental bycatch and as a species is not heavily overfished. It is for this reason that we think you should Eat in Moderation.