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Common Group Name:

Greenlings and ling cods

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Species Name:

Hexagrammos decagrammus

Dispatch Method:

Kelp greenling can be very tolerant of air exposure. They should be killed humanely by iki jime, or a firm knock to the head before placing them in an ice slurry after bleeding.

Fish Description:

  • Kelp greenling females have yellowish orange fins and numerous small, reddish brown to golden spots on the flanks against a gray to brownish background.
  • Males tend to be gray/brown, with blue/red spots on the front half of their bodies.

Fish Distribution:

  • Kelp greenling range from the Aleutian Islands, Alaska to La Jolla, California.
  • They are found in rocky inshore areas and are common in kelp beds and on sand bottoms at depths up to 150 ft.

Fish Size Common Length:

Common between 8 and 16 inches long. Maximum size around 21 inches long and 5 pounds.