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Sea fish of Kamchatka


Atka mackerel

Atka mackerelThe 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.

Hock greenling

Its dorsal fin is divided into two almost equal parts by a notch. The forth lateral line is long stretching behind the mid-point of the anal fin. The head is rounded, Голова в профиль тупая, supraorbital semicircles are wide and short. The colors are mainly reddish. The length is up to 61 cm. The species occurs near south-eastern and south-western coasts of the peninsula, and in the Bering Sea. It inhabits coastal waters like white spotted greenling and masked greenling. Spawning occurs in summer.  

White spotted greenling

The dorsal fin has a notch in the midpoint; the forth lateral line doesn’t extend beyond the pelvic fin end. The first lateral line is short; it hardly reaches the midpoint of the spiky section of the dorsal fin. The right and left lines don’t cross on the back of the head. The body is covered by light spots. The species has a large habitat in Kamchatka waters. Its length may be up to 45 cm; the catch is usually presented by specimens 25-35 cm long with the weight of 900 g. The white spotted greenling is a coastal seafish; it often enters river estuaries. It lives on plant overgrown rocky ground, but is sometimes met in shallow waters. Spawning takes place in early summer.
This species is an object of sport fishing.

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