Lingcod – British Columbia
Lingcod, which aren’t actually related to cod, are found along the west coast of North America and live on the ocean bottom. Males can be especially sedentary, establishing territories before spawning and guarding fertilized eggs until they hatch. Lingcod were once depleted, but are now at a healthy abundance level.
Most commercially caught Lingcod are taken along with other groundfish in bottom trawl fisheries. Some Lingcod are also caught with mid-water trawls, longlines, troll, and jig. Bycatch of depleted rockfish in these fisheries remains a problem. Bottom trawls can cause high damage to bottom ocean habitats, but there are a number of spatial restrictions in place in British Columbia that limit the use of bottom trawl gear and help mitigate overall habitat impacts.