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Pacific cod

Order Gadiformes
Family Gadidae

Marine fish with regularly ossified skeleton. The main difference with the Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) is in its larger head, which exceeds one third of the total length of the specimen. It has 3 dorsal and 2 anal fins, and a long chin barbel. Brown or gray dorsally, becoming paler ventrally; dark spots or vermiculating patterns on the sides. It can measure up to 1.19 m and weigh up to 23 kg.

FAO code
Gadus macrocephalus
White fish
FAO Fishing Areas
  • Area 61: the Northwestern part of the Pacific Ocean
  • Area 67: the Northeastern part of the Pacific Ocean
  • Area 77: the Eastern Central part of the Pacific Ocean
Fishing seasons
jan feb mar apr may jun jul aug sep oct
International denominations
Germany Pazifischer Kabeljau
France Morue du Pacifique
Italy Merluzzo del Pacifico
Portugal Bacalhau do Pacífico
United Kingdom Pacific cod
Japan Madara
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