Commonly known as saithe or pollack, it is an active, pelagic fish occurring in inshore and offshore waters to about 200 m depth. Migrations are known to occur, especially for spawning, to coastal waters in spring and to deeper waters in winter. Also, long distance north-south migrations are known, both for Europe and America. During their first 2-3 years of age, saithe remain in shallow coastal waters. The saithe can be found in the Barents Sea and Spitsbergen to bay of Biscay, around Iceland, southwest Greenland, and in the western Atlantic from Hudson Strait to North Carolina, although rare at the extremes of the range. The saithe reaches nearly 1.3 m in total length, commonly varying from 30 to 110 cm.