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Koho salmon.Koho salmon.Photo taken by: Carl Safina

Species has a combination of problems such as overfishing, high bycatch, and poor management.
Hake, White – Canadian Atlantic

White Hake is a bottom-dwelling fish species (or ‘groundfish’) typically found in the Atlantic Ocean from Cape Hatteras to southern Labrador and are primarily caught using three types of gear; bottom longline, bottom trawl, and bottom gillnet. This rating is for White Hake caught in Canada.

White Hake in Canada are at a low abundance, and despite low fishing levels in recent years, White Hake do not seem to be recovering. The fisheries that catch White Hake also catch numerous other species, some of which are overfished, threatened, or endangered. Several measures strategies are in place, such as annual catch limits, to regulate fishing for White Hake and other species caught in Canada’s groundfish fisheries, but they have only been moderately effective.

Bottom longlines and gillnets cause a low amount of damage to the mud and sand habitats where White Hake live, while bottom trawls cause moderate habitat damage. Fishing impacts on the overall ecosystem are of moderate concern.

Full species report here.

This fish may have moderately high levels of mercury that could pose a health risk to children. More info here about mercury in hake. Check out our mercury in seafood section.