The red hake is a member of the cod family (Gadidae). Red hake are recognized by their slender bodies, chin barbel, and elongated pelvic fins.

Red hake are harvested inshore and nearshore areas otter trawls, line trawls, and hand lines. Hake yield lean white meat which is available fresh, frozen, and smoked.

Other names for the species include squirrel hake, white hake, mud hake, ling, merluche, and codling.

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