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Cod

Description

Cod (Gadus morhua) remains an important fish for Scottish fishermen. In the 1970s and 1980s some very large landings were made. Today cod is no more than a small but valuable by-catch to the Scottish demersal fleet, it accounts for only 2.7% of the tonnage of all fish and shellfish landed into Scotland by UK vessels. Two main stocks of cod (the North Sea and West of Scotland) contributed to Scottish landings in 2008 of 7,645 tonnes worth just over 16 million. Small catches are also made at Rockall. A variety of types of trawl nets are used to catch cod mainly in offshore areas at present. In the past inshore fisheries and local 'set net' fishing have been important; today however, they are no longer pursued. A superb whitefish, it has a long, tapered body with a mixture of sandy-browns, greyish-greens and darker speckles. Whole Cod range from 500g to over 6kg with the smaller fish (500g-1.8kg) sometimes known as Codling.

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