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Real Good Fish | Fish Species | | Fish Species | Bringing you the freshest sustainably caught LOCAL seafood!
“If we eat from our own shores, we're much more inclined to protect them, the water quality, and our marine environment.”
- Paul Greenberg, American Catch
Lingcod / Ophiodon elongatus

Prior to cooking, the lingcod’s flesh can be either blue or green. Not all are, though. And after cooking, they'll turn white.

Nicknamed buckethead, the lingcod is native to the North American Pacific coast and is neither ling nor cod, but its name originated because it somewhat resembles those...

Prior to cooking, the lingcod’s flesh can be either blue or green. Not all are, though. And after cooking, they'll turn white.

Nicknamed buckethead, the lingcod is native to the North American Pacific coast and is neither ling nor cod, but its name originated because it somewhat resembles those fish. Newborns live near the surface, juveniles prefer sandy bottoms and kelp beds, and young adults settle in rocky habitats or kelp beds, where food is more abundant.

Lingcod fillets are can be surprising on first glance since sometimes they can be bright blue or green. Aside from their unusual coloration, lingcod support a popular sport fishery on the west coast.

Culinary Tips: Lingcod is a lean, white fleshed fish that has a mild flavor and cooks to a medium-firm texture with a nice flake. It can be substituted for any recipe calling for rockfish or halibut.

Catch Method: Hook and line and bottom trawl

Sustainability: Biomass off the US West Coast is high. They have very high reproduction rates. Lingcod are caught with gear that have little impact on habitats and very low accidental catch. Management is strong, with seasonal closures during spawning season. 

>MBA Seafood Watch Rating: Best Choice and Good Alternative 

>NOAA Fish Stock Sustainability Index: 4 out of 4

 

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