Traceable Species

Silver Hake


Whiting, Atlantic Hake, New England Hake, Coley

Silver Hake

Silver hake is a close relative of the cod, although has none of its good looks given its mouthful of sharp, curved teeth and projecting lower jaw. Known as “whiting,” silver hake is named for the silvery iridescence on its skin. The fish typically measures about 14 inches and weighs about five pounds, and lives along the continental shelf from Newfoundland to South Carolina. It is most abundant between Cape Sable and New York.

Silver hake have a dark grey back and silvery belly, and is brightly iridescent when taken from the water. It is slender—about six times as long as it is deep—and has large eyes and a wide mouth. It’s lean flesh softens quickly after being caught, which is why hake is often used for frozen fish sticks and portions.

Silver Hake

Silver hake are extremely predacious, feeding on herring, squid and many other smaller schooling fish. Armed with sharp teeth and swift swimmers, they are opportunistic, wandering from seafloor to sea surface looking for food. They migrate in response to seasons, moving toward shallow, warmer waters in the spring. Maturing between two and three years old, females are serial spawners, releasing up to three patches of eggs in a single summer spawning season. The Gulf of Maine is their most prolific nursery, although they also spawn offshore along Nova Scotia. Females produce buoyant eggs that float in the upper stratum of the ocean. Young silver hake begin to seek deeper water toward the end of their first summer or autumn when they reach one to three inches. Older, larger fish prefer deeper waters. They grow to a maximum length of 28 inches (70 cm) and 14 years of age.

Food Info Silver Hake


TASTING NOTES

  • Colour: white
  • Texture: delicate and flaky with no bones
  • Flavour: lean, sweet fillets similar to cold but tastier
  • Perfect serve: Because it spoils quickly, silver hake is often used for frozen seafood products like fish sticks, nuggets or portions. Its flavourful fillets can be drenched in batter, pan-fried,  grilled or poach, making it a versatile ingredient for cooking. It can also be used as a substitute for haddock, Pollock or cod.
HOW TO CHOOSE A QUALITY SILVER HAKE
Species Range
Silver Hake range Source: Fishbase.org
COMMON NAMES
Whiting
Atlantic Hake
New England Hake
Coley
FISHERY OPENINGS
Silver Hake by Bottom Trawl (USA) Jul 01 - Nov 30
These crabs mate at the time of maturity, which is approximately 3 years of age. Females are smaller than males; this is because the development of reproductive tissues required more energy for females, leaving less energy available for continued body growth. They grow through a process known as molting—regularly shedding their shell and growing a new, larger one. They continue to molt and grow after they have reached sexual maturity. During the breeding season, the crabs leave their borrows in a phenomenon characterized by mass mate-searching events. Once mating/fertilization has occurred, females spawns in the water. The larvae released during the rainy season develop in offshore waters and return to coastal waters five to eight weeks after larval release.
Mangrove crabs are important fishery resources in all Brazilian coast, mainly in the north and northeast where many fishermen depend upon their catch. In addition to its social and economic importance, the mangrove crab is a “keystone” species in ecosystem, they playing an important role in the processes of nutrient cycling and energy transfer.

Fishing Methods

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Bottom Trawl

This fishery uses a large cone-shaped net that is dragged along the seafloor to catch fish. As the net is towed at low speed, hydrodynamic forces push two "otter boards" outwards opening the mouth of the net and capturing fish in its path.

FISHERIES:

Featured Harvester Bernie Berry

Mangrove Crab Harvester

Canavieiras, Brazil

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