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An edible freshwater fish, belonging to the Coregonidae family. Some varieties have adapted to the sea and are prevalent as far apart as the Baltic and the north-east coast of Canada, when it grows up to 50cm in length.
Freshwater varieties are smaller, reaching a maximum of 20cm, and found across Russia and Northern Europe Two occur in Britain, and is often called "houting", but also goes under the local names of "powan" in Loch Lomond; "skelly" in the English Lake District, and "gwyniad" in Wales. See 'Whitefish, Culinary uses'