The WRECKFISH has a sturdy body, large head
and prominent jaw, with two opercula spines,
a bony crest and a brownish-grey or bluishgrey
It is found in the Northeast Atlantic and off
Madeira and the Azores. The juveniles can be
found in the surface layers of the water column
and the adults at depths between 100 and 200
m. Juveniles form schools and can be found
close to floating objects, while adults are solitary
and can be seen in caves or wrecks.
It feeds on crustaceans, molluscs and fish.
They have multiple spawns, from late July to
It is fished with gillnets and bottom longline.
The wreck fish is a long-lived species;
males can live up to more than 80 years
and females up to more than 60 years.
Minimum legal catch weight: