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Blue ling
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Blue ling

Blue ling are abundant from Morocco to Iceland, in the North Sea and Skagerrak, and in the southwestern Barents Sea. It is most common in warm, deep shelf regions, the continental slope, and in the fjords.

It commonly occurs at 350-500m depths, but may also occur between 200-1500m depths.  It is also found in the Mediterranean Sea, in waters off: Greenland; the east coast of Canada; and the United States from Labrador to Cape Cod.

Their diet consists mainly of fish. Known spawning areas are Reykjanes south of Iceland, the Faeroes, west of the Hebrides, and along the Great Edge (Storegga).  However, levels of abundance in these areas are uncertain. Unlike ling and tusk, blue ling occur in particularly dense aggregations during spawning.

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