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maximum 70 centimeters
Dutch sportfishing record: 59 centimeters


maximum 3 kilograms


maximaal 20 jaar


green-brown back with silver-colored flanks


shrimp and fish


fisheries and other whiting


lays eggs
maturity: 2-4 years, ca 30 centimeters
number: 100,000 to 1 million per year

  • Dut: Wijting (Molenaar, Mooie meid)
  • Lat: Merlangius merlangus
  • Eng: Whiting, silver hake
  • Ger: Wittling, Merlan
  • Fren: Merlan
  • Dan: Hvilling
Whiting, Ecomare


Whiting is a predator fish. It has long pointed teeth for devouring other fish. Its favorite food is eel-pout, sprat, lesser sandeel, herring, cod, haddock and ... other whiting. Young whiting don't eat fish but squid, crustaceans and worms. Whiting larvae often hide between the tentacles of jellyfish, where they are protected from their enemies.

  • Cat food and fried fish

    Whiting in the Netherlands is not much appreciated as a consumption fish; it used to be a traditional treat for the cat. Because whiting isn't so attractive after being caught, it is usually fried for human consumption and sold as the Dutch treat 'lekkerbekjes' and kibbeling. In England, it is sold as 'fish and chips'. Whiting is also processed into feed for cattle and pet food as well as fishmeal for fish farms.

  • Distribution of whiting
    Distribution of whiting, Ecomare

    Whiting is found in the northeastern Atlantic Ocean, the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. It swims close to the bottom down to depths of 200 meters. Whiting is often seen swimming along the Dutch coast.