This fish, native to most European rives and estuaries, has been introduced in the United States, Canada, Spain, New Zealand, Tunisia, Morocco, and Madagascar. It can be a serious invasive pest where introduced. This fish can grow to over 20 inches and 4.6 pounds, but is commonly under 8 inches. In North America it is most often found salted and dried in markets serving Russian, Ukrainian and Armenian communities. The photo specimens were 7-1/2 inches long and weighed about 0.9 ounces each. It is caught wild and farmed, Red List rated LC (Least Concern).
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Buying: This fish is easily available, vacuum packaged in clear plastic, in the refrigerated section of any market serving a Russian, Ukranian or Armenian community - which means it is very common here in Los Angeles. It is completely interchangeable with the closely related Vobla (Common Roach). It is cheap in Russia, but not so much so around here. I have purchased it for 2017 US $9.99 / pound.
Eating: These instructions and the photo are from our
Vobla / Common Roach page, a nearly identical fish. This dried fish is
heavily salted, flat, thin, completely covered with large hard scales,
full of bones and stiff as a board - so how do you eat this thing? Do
you really want to eat this thing? No you don't - not until you've
eaten one - they're kind of addictive - so here's how to acquire the
addiction. Please note, this is not something you want to do when you
are in a hurry, or have plans to go somewhere.