Melanogrammus aeglefinus

Habitat: Sandy and gravelly sea floor
Depth: 10-200m
Food: Bottom dwelling crustaceans, worms and molluscs
Length: Up to 110cm
Lifespan: 20 years
Conservation Status: Vulnerable (VU)

A member of the cod family and popular food fish, the haddock is recognised by the black ‘thumb print’ mark behind its pectoral fin. It has a short chin barbel to help find food in murky seas. When spawning, the male haddock makes drumming sounds during an elaborate courtship display to attract a female.

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