The ling cod is not a true cod, but a member of the commercially important Hexagrammidae family. Unlike true cod, the ling is thin, with a long dorsal fin, large mouth and good-sized teeth. Its skin is mottled dark gray and brown.
When captured, the ling weighs 5 kg on average and is about 1 meter in length, although it can reach weights of up to 27 kg.
Main fishing season: year-round, although the catch is better during the summer. It is fished using deep trawl nets.
Ling is a lean fish. The flesh is often green, but turns white when cooked.
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