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Hake (merluccius merluccius)

A member of the gadiformes family, so related to cod, coley, haddock and Pollock. Hake grows up to 1 metre in length, and lives in the waters of the North Atlantic - although it is prolific in the Bay of Biscay and around the coast of Portugal and Spain.

If found, it should be treated in the same manner as cod or haddock or cooked in a robust olive oil and tomato sauce, as it might be on the Iberian peninsula.

As we write, hake stocks are seriously diminished, and commercial stocks are at risk in many areas, particularly in the area between the Skagerrak (between Norway and Denmark) to the Bay of Biscay.

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