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Silver Hake
(Merluccius bilinearis)
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The silver hake, also know as whiting, is one of the less glamorous fish found in the waters off New Jersey. Coming into the shallower waters within reach of the recreational anglers only in the coldest months, it is not an important quarry of the sportsfishermen. However, being plentful at a time of year when many other species are not, it is sought by the commercial fishing fleet. 

A smaller fish seldom exceeding three pounds in weight, its firm, light colored flesh and mild taste make it popular with diners. 

While the local fishery for silver hake is limited to smaller boats usually supplying the fresh market, related species support very large fleets of catcher processors and are one of the major sources of frozen fish in block form.