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10 FINS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT COD.

1. Cod is the common name for nearly 60 species of fish of the family Gadidae.

2. They live chiefly in cold or temperate northern seas, at depths of 180 to 360 m, near the bottom.

3. It is a voracious predator, eating herring, sand eel, and other shoal fishes.

4. Its colour can vary depending on the environment. In sea weed it can be red or brown, in japweed a motley green, and in open water light grey.

5. Large shoals gather to spawn in winter. Each female lays between four and seven million eggs.

6. Cod can weigh as much as 90 kg (200 lb) and be as long as 1.8 m (6 ft).

7. Britons consume 170,000 tonnes of cod every year.

8. There are 8,500 fish and chip shops across the country. The first stalls started up 170 years ago.

9. Cod can now be found at the sort of prices once reserved for luxury fish such as salmon.

10. There are only 66,700 sexually active cod in the North Sea. If fishing continues at the present rate of 81,000 tons a year, stocks will drop by more than 10,000 tons.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 22, 2000
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