Tusk

(Brosme brosme)

Size: Maximum size: 110 cm, then weighing approximately 15 kg.

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Biology: The tusk may look like a short ling, but the tusk has only one long dorsal fin. The tusk is though closely related to ling and cod. Most of the tusk are found on depths between 50 and 1000 meters. The biggest tusks are found in waters deeper than 100 meters. As the ling, the tusk lived on deep areas along the Norwegian coast and in the fjords. The tusk is also known on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. It feeds mainly on shrimps, crabs, crustaceous, small fish and bottom fauna. At the age of eight it spawn for the first time, and the spawning is done on 200 - 400 meters depth during the spring and early summer. The spawning grounds are found on the continental shelf from north of Ireland and northward to Iceland in the west, and to the northern coast of Norway. 

 

Fishery: There is no special season for tusk fishery. The fishermen catch the tusk using bottom lines, and this fishery is sometimes combined with fishing for ling and other species on deep waters. If you are an angler you might as well try in a deep fjord as on deep waters off coast.

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Map above: Red indicate spawning grounds for tusk. Blue shows the main feeding areas.

Tusk caught outside Talvik (Finnmark in Norway). The on to the right is a pretty big one. Photos: Jouko Alanko (RP-team).

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