Very little is known of behavioral traits in ocean pout, mostly owing to the difficulty of observing them in their usual offshore habitat. Based on aquarium observations, they probably live passive, solitary lives without territories and seem only to congregate for spawning. Spawning consists of several copulations over many hours. Large spawning males are aggressive to smaller males at this time, as are females with non-spawning females. Parental care of the eggs occurs (see below).

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