Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Pacific Hake

Merluccius productus


Fun Facts

    The Pacific hake can live up to 15 years.

    They occur from the surface to depths of over 3,000 feet (1,000 meters).




The Pacific hake is a type of bony fish that live offshore.  They occur from the Gulf of Alaska to Baja Mexico. The body is uniform gray to dusky brown with brassy overtones. This species grows to about 3 feet (98 cm) in length.

Pacific hake are nocturnal feeders that undergo diel vertical migrations off the bottom to feed on a variety of fishes and invertebrates. They typically feed on shrimp and smaller fishes. This species spawns (release egg and sperm into the water column) from January to June and may spawn more than once per season.

To learn more about the Pacific hake and their relatives, visit the Open Ocean & Deep Sea and Fish Diversity areas at the Aquarium.