Silver Hake is a fast-growing cod-like-fish found from Newfoundland to South Carolina. Two populations occur in U.S. waters, with the northern population having medium abundance while the southern population has low abundance. The US populations are managed by the New England Fishery Management Council under a small mesh multispecies management plan. The Hake fishery off the Scotian Shelf is managed by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and abundance appears to be low.
Silver Hake is primarily caught in bottom trawls, which cause substantial damage to the seafloor. Bycatch is low due to the use of selective gear and area restrictions.
This fish may have high levels of mercury that could pose a health risk to adults and children. More mercury info here.