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Chilean hake

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Cod-like fish

Cod-like fishes belong to the Gadidae family. This includes the Atlantic and Pacific cod, pouting, haddock, whiting, European pollock, Alaska pollock and saithe. They live near the seabed in coastal waters and in deeper waters. During the day, they aggregate in schools. At night, they separate to forage independently. Gadidae are omnivorous fish that feed on worms, molluscs, bivalves, crustaceans and small fish. They migrate over large distances to spawn and to hunt on large schools of herring and smelt.



Chilean hake

Chilean whiting, or southern Pacific hake, can be found near the seafloor at large depths ranging from 50-500 metres. This hake predates at night to hunt for squid, fish and krill at lesser depths. In spring, these fish migrate to the coast and reproduce in the summer. Come winter, they migrate back to deeper waters.

Chilean hake

Merluccius gayi gayi

Farming- / Catch method

Bottom otter trawl

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Fish stocks and fishing pressure
Ecosystem effects
Fishery management
Final assessment
Explanation assessment

Hake has been heavily overfishedOverfished:
A stock is overfished when the stock size has decreased so far that it can no longer produce a maximum sustainable yield. The size of the fish populations is insufficient to reproduce in the long term. 
in the past. The fishing pressureFishing pressure:
Fishing pressure is a result of the fishing effort/amount of fishing on a stock, which determines the fishing mortality. Fishing mortality is the share of the fish stock that dies annually as a result of fishing.
has been decreased, but it is still a question if the stock will be able recover in the coming years. To prevent a collapse of the hake stock it is needed to decrease fishing pressure even further.

Fishing is done with demersalDemersal otter trawls:
A technique in which conical nets are dragged over the ground and are held open by large, square 'otter planks'. The planks also work as a plough, in which fish are hunted into the nets.
otter trawls. The amount of discardsDiscards:
Unwanted by-catch, which is thrown back because there is no quota, the market price is too low, or the fish is below the legal minimum landing size. Discards can be alive or dead.
is a problem with this fishing method. Much of these discards consists of young hake, but also out of vulnerable sharks, rays, birds and whales. A large portion of the discards does not survive. Fishing with bottom trawls disrupts the seabed. On the long term this results in a changed species composition.

After the stock collapsed in 2004, the management has been stricter. Unfortunately, this stricter management has not lead to a recovery of the stock. The current management is not effective.

Fish in season 

Fish is in season when the spawning period has ended, as the quality is then at its best.


ASC label

Fish with the ASC label is farmed in a sustainable manner.

MSC label

Fish with the MSC label is caught sustainably.

Good fish

This fish is not being overfished or is being responsibly farmed, with minimal impact on the environment.

Second choice

This fish is a second choice. There are still some improvements to be made in this fishery or fish farm.


Do not buy this fish. It's being overfished or the way it's farmed or caught has a negative impact on the environment.


This fish is unwillingly caught while fishing for a different species. They are underused and should be eaten more.


GlobalG.A.P. certified farms are doing a step in the right direction in terms of sustainability. A few species with this label are getting a better score on the VISwijzer.


Organic standards are the strictest when it comes to fish feed. They also require certain measures for animal well-being.

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