Blue Ocean Institute

NEED NAME Shorebird, Alaska by Carl Safina

Some problems exist with this species' status or catch methods, or information is insufficient for evaluating. Cod, Ling – US These fish contain levels of mercury or PCBs that may pose a health risk to adults and children.

Lingcod, which aren’t actually related to cod, dwell along the ocean bottom. Males can be especially sedentary, establishing territories before spawning and guarding fertilized eggs until they hatch.

Off the U.S. West Coast, most commercially caught Lingcod are taken along with other groundfish in trawl fisheries. Today, however, recreational fishers are taking more Lingcod than commercial fishers. Lingcod are considered rebuilt from previous overfishing. Bycatch of depleted rockfish in trawl fisheries remains a major problem.

Full species report here.

This fish may have high levels of mercury that could pose a health risk to adults and children.  More info here on mercury in Lingcod. Check out our mercury in seafood section.