Uugaq — Cod

At least two species of cod frequent the Arctic ocean around many Inuit communities. They are not specifically distinguished, however, being referred to simply as uugaq. Cod do not form a major part of the diet, but are appreciated in the same way as sculpins, as tasty morsels, often caught by children and offered their elders as a delicacy. Spring cod fishing is an enjoyable pastime and the fish represent a welcome addition to a diet of meat and blubber. Inuit also know that cod represent an important food source for numerous other species, including ringed seals, bearded seals, belugas, sea birds, and other fish (Randa 1994; IOHP).