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Ling (Genypterus species) Photographs and Information

Also known as Pink Ling and Pink Cusk-eel, Ling Kingclip

Ling have long tapered bodies with small scales.  Their bodies are covered with a thick mucus.  Their upper jaw extends only a short distance beyond the eye and the gill openings are on each side of the body behind the head.  The 2 rayed ventral fins are positioned on the chin and the dorsal, caudal and anal fins form a continuous fin.   The overall body colour is pinkish to orange with irregular brown bands on its upper two-thirds.

Habitat: Saltwater and estuarine

Pink ling is caught in open water. Rock ling is found further inshore, sometimes in estuaries.

Pink Ling inhabit the south-west Pacific waters of New Zealand and temperate Australia.   They are also recorded from South America.  In Australia they are present in continental shelf and slope waters from Crowdy Head in New South Wales to Albany in Western Australia.

Pink Ling are demersal and inhabit a depth range of 20 to 800 metres, being mainly found in waters between 300m to 500m.

Pink ling are found on a variety of substrates from rocky ground to soft sand and mud, in which they burrow.

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Did you know?
In New Zealand pink ling skins are occasionally tanned for leather.

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map showing where ling fish are found in Australian waters


Ling is also known as Kingclip (in South Africa) and Kingu (in Japan)

Scientific Name Genypterus species
Location NSW, VIC
Season All year round
Size To 76 cm, 4.3 kgs
Australian Species Code 37 228901
Taste, Texture Mild to bland.  Medium to firm.


Nutritional Information
For every 100 grams raw product
for Ling fillet.

Kilojoules 382 (91 calories)
Protein: 19.7 g
Cholesterol 142 mg
Sodium 37 g
Total fat (oil) 0.5 g
Saturated fat 31% of total fat
Monounsaturated fat 24% of total fat
Polyunsaturated fat 45% of total fat
Omega-3, EPA 16 mg
Omega-3, DHA 91 mg
Omega-6, AA 14 mg

Cooking Ling:

  • Ling is a densely textured fish, fresh very white and firm, holds shape well in cooking. A lean fish with a bland flavor the flesh of the Ling Cod is often greenish in color but turns white when cooked. The meat is tender yet firm and a little chewy with large soft , moist flakes. Lings have proven to be popular species for home and commercial cooking because of the large, boned-out fillets and thick steaks, which hold their shape well in cooking

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    Cooking Ling & Pink Ling Fish | Recipes using Ling Fish

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Commercial Fishing for Ling:

Pink Ling are an important commercial fishery, with catches being taken all year round by demersal otter trawlers.  Droplining and bottom set longlining are also methods used to catch Pink Ling.  They have a high market value and are mainly marketed locally as fresh and chilled whole fish.  They are also smoked. Caught year-round mainly by demersal and mid-water trawls, although significant catches are record by boats using droplines and demersal longlines.


More links about Ling & Cusk Fish

Australian Government commercial fishery statistics for Ling. Sea-Ex trade seafood industry directory listings for buyers of ling, sellers of cusk fish, wholesale seafood suppliers




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