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Coley (pollachius virens)

A fish of the gadidae family, so related to cod and haddock. Coley live in the cold waters of the North Atlantic, where on the American side they known as Pollock - not to be confused with their relative Pollack (pollachius pollachius), only found in the Eastern Atlantic.

They reach a maximum length of around 1.2 metres, but 60-90cm is more usual.

Their flesh is inferior to that of cod or haddock, and they are best used for fish pies, bakes and suchlike. In Scotland it is known as "saithe", and in various other parts of the country "coalfish", "cuddy", and in the Shetlands "piltocks". See 'Fish'

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