My thoughts as to why the Lota lota is not commonly eaten follow...
Common names for Lota lota include burbot and eelpout. There are actually festivals for the "eelpout" in places like Minnesota. It is good table fair, but in the great lakes (and likely other areas) it is overshadowed by the trout and salmon fisheries. It is probably better eating than the percids like the yellow perch and walleye, but it is not as easy to catch and so it again is overshadowed. Plus, they just aren't that pretty of a fish so sportfisherman may get deterred and children probably would refuse to even touch one.
Just my thoughts, I have no real evidence of the above.
From: Scientific forum on fish and fisheries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Steve Gutreuter
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On Tue, 2008-12-02 at 10:10 -0800, Pay_the_Piper wrote:
> It is intriguing to consider the economically valuable species which seem able to adapt to either salt or fresh water:
> What about cod? Are there fresh-water cod?
The Gadid Lota lota has a circumpolar distribution about the northern
hemisphere, with several subspecies. I have always been puzzled about
why the North American Lota lota never drew much interest at the dinner