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Ling are found on hard or sandy bottom associated with large rocks in warm, relatively deep areas on the continental shelf, on banks, and in the fjords from Biscay to Iceland, Skagerrak, Kattegat, and the southwestern Barents Sea. 

This species also occurs in the northwest Atlantic from southern Greenland to Newfoundland. It is common to observe ling at 300-400m depths.  However, they may also occur between 60 and 1000m depths.  Young fish commonly occur in relatively shallow coastal areas and on banks, including the northern North Sea. Ling become sexually mature between 5 – 7 years of age.

They are believed to undergo an age- or size-dependent migration to deeper areas and spawning grounds of the North Sea, the Great Edge (Storegga), the Faeroes, banks west of the British Isles, and areas southwest of Iceland.

Facts about ling

Latin name: Molva molva
Family: Lotidae (Gadoids)
Maximum size: 40 kg and 2 m
Maximum age/ longevity:  30 years
Distribution areas: on the continental shelf, the continental slope and in the fjords from Bay of Biscay to Iceland, the North Sea, Skagerrak, Kattegat and in the southwestern Barents Sea.
Main spawning area: the North Sea, Storegga, near the Faroese Islands, on the banks west of Great Britain and southwest of Iceland.
Diet: Fish


Kristin Helle
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