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Tusk

Tusk is a bottom living species that prefers stony bottoms on the continental shelf and slope at depths between 100 and 1000 m. The adults live in relatively deep water, while the juveniles are found in fairly shallow water.

The diet includes fish and larger crustaceans. The distribution area reaches from Ireland to Iceland and Greenland, it is also found in the Skagerrak, Kattegat and in the western Barents Sea. It is also found in the Northwestern  Atlantic ocean, for example on Georges Bank off the coasts of the USA and Canada, west of Greenland and along the Mid Atlantic Ridge to  about 52˚N.

Tusk becomes sexually mature at 8 to 10 years of age (the age of maturity varies among areas). The identified spawning areas are off the coast of south and mid-Norway, south, and southwest of the Faroese Islands and Iceland. There are likely other spawning grounds. 

Facts about tusk

Latin name: Brosme brosme
Family: Lotidae (Gadoids)
Maximum size: 15 kg and 1,1 m
Maximum age/ longevity: Probably more than 20 years of age
Distribution area: From Ireland to Iceland and Greenland, it is also found in Skagerrak, Kattegat and the western Barents Sea, on the continental shelf and slope, and in fjords
Main spawning areas: The coast of south and mid-Norway, south and southwest of the Faroese Islands and Iceland.
Time of spawning: April-June
Diet: Fish but also crustaceans

Distribution map

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Contact

Kristin Helle
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