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Any of various marine food fishes of the family Hexagrammidae, which frequent rocky coastal areas of the northern Pacific.


(Animals) any scorpaenoid food fish of the family Hexagrammidae of the North Pacific Ocean


(ˈgrin lɪŋ)

any spiny-finned food fish of the genus Hexagrammos, of N Pacific coasts.
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Noun1.greenling - food fish of the northern Pacificgreenling - food fish of the northern Pacific  
scorpaenoid, scorpaenoid fish - fishes having the head armored with bony plates
Hexagrammos decagrammus, kelp greenling - common food and sport fish of western coast of North America
convict fish, convictfish, Oxylebius pictus, painted greenling - greenling with whitish body marked with black bands
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We see octopus, greenlings, copper rockfish, tiger rockfish, skates, and even sea cucumbers come up regularly.
Feeding characteristics of greenlings and Irish lords during spawning in the upper sublittoral of eastern Kamchatka.
The agency states that the contaminated fish traveled from waters near the nuclear plant, as other greenlings caught 20 km off the coast had low levels of radioactive cesium.
The black and blue rockfish are larger and more abundant, the lingcod population appears to have tripled, and greenlings are larger and more prevalent.
The emergency rules to be considered, made to follow federal guidelines dictated by the Pacific Fishery Management Council, will prohibit the retention of black rockfish, cabezon, greenlings, ocean whitefish and sheephead in May and will allow the take of the fish in waters less than 30 fathoms (180 feet) in September and October from Point Concepcion to the Mexican border.
Rock fishermen like to try their luck for greenlings and surfperch (a California fishing license is required).
The DFG, following guidelines set by the federal Pacific Fishery Management Council, which oversees the status of all groundfish, allows fishing for black-and-yellow, China, grass, gopher, kelp, cabezon, rock greenlings, lingcod, sculpin, whitefish and sheephead in waters 120 feet or less.