Silver hake apparently prefer temperatures between 44.6 and 51.8°F (7 and 11°C) in the summer and fall, and 44.6 and 55.4°F (7 and 13°C) in the spring. They occur in depths between 33 and 4,100 ft (10 and 1,250 m), moving into deeper waters during the coldest time of year. Little is known about substrates they prefer, although juveniles 0.6-2.0 in (1.5-5.0 cm) are most abundant on silt-sand bottoms with concentrations of amphipod tubes. During the colder times of year, silver hake become concentrated in deep basins of the Gulf of Maine and along the upper continental slope.

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