Shishamo smelt

a photo of Shishamo smelt

The appearance of Shishamo smelt

Common name: Shishamo smelt, Smelt

Japanese name: Shishamo (柳葉魚)

Scientific name: Spirinchus lanceolatus (Hikita, 1913)

Nigiri sushi detail: Shishamo smelt Nigiri sushi

Remarks: Shishamo smelt are distributed only on the Pacific side of Hokkaido. The production of Hokkaido shishamo smelt is only about 1,000 tons per year, so most of the shishamo smelt sold in Japan are Capellin, imported from Norway and Canada.

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