Norway pout belongs to the cod family and lives in schools. It is commonly found in the northern North Sea. It is rare to find it along the Dutch coast. This species likes to swim close to the bottom. Other fish species such as mackerel, coal fish, whiting, haddock and cod love to eat Norway pout. All together, these species consume an estimated 1.3 million tons of Norway pout in the North Sea per year. The Norwegian and Danish industrial fleet used to fish Norway pout on a large scale, however interest in this fish species decreased in the mid 1980s. Norway pout is still used as food for fish farms and cattle.