Haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus)
Haddock is found in many of the waters around Scotland.
It usually lives at depths less than 200m, although Rockall haddock can be found down to 600m. Haddock mature between the ages of two and three and spawn from February to May, each releasing several hundred thousand eggs. Their larvae don’t generally drift far from the spawning grounds although some on the west coast larvae can get carried all the way round to the North Sea.
Young haddock spend some time near the surface before becoming become more deep-watered or ‘demersal’ in habit. They’re not so choocy at dinner time, as their diet varies depending on local availability of food types and how big a haddock they are. A wide variety of bottom-living animals seem to figure importantly on their menu as well as other fish, once they get bigger. Friendly.
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