Conservation Status

Not listed by the IUCN. Total landings of white hake increased from about 1,102 tn (1,000 t) during the late 1960s to 9,150 tn (8,300 t) in 1985. Landings then declined to 5,622 tn (5,100 t) in 1989, rose sharply to 10,582 tn (9,600 t) in 1992, and have since steadily declined to levels not seen since the early 1970s. Total landings in 1998 were 2,866 tn (2,600 t), a 30% decline from 1996. Results of the most recent assessment indicate the Gulf of Maine-Georges Bank white hake stock is in an overfished condition.

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