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Sea fish of Kamchatka

Hexagrammidae

Atka mackerel

Atka mackerelThe Atka mackerel body is slim, flat, with 5 lateral lines on each side, only one line going above the main line dividing the body into two parts. The body itself is covered by alternating wide dark and lights strips. Dorsal fin is long and uninterrupted, grey with a narrow black border. The lower part of the head and the belly are yellow. This species is observed most often near North Kuris and South-East Kamchatka. It is sometimes met near south-western coast and in the western part of the Bering Sea. It may grow up to 56.5 cm and weigh up to 2kg. The most common parameters are 49 cm and 1.6 kg respectively. The species hibernates at the depth of 300-500 meters. When the water begins to warm up in March-April, it migrates to the coastal water; its stocks appear at the depth of 200-250 meters in the end of March; in April, thy reach the shelf.  The species reproduces at the depth less than 20 meters on rocky grounds and in places with heavy currents at the temperature of 1-5 ?С above zero.