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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.
(TEPCO) report revealed cesium was found in two "ainame" (greenlings) caught Aug.
1 1 0.27 Hippoglossus stenolepis 1 1 0.27 Citharichthys sordidus 3 3 0.8 Parophrys uetulus 1 1 0.27 Platichthys stellatus 2 2 0.53 unidentified flatfishes 5 5 1.33 Reef-dwelling fishes Rockfishes Sebastes melanops 6 6 1.6 Sebastes saxicola 1 1 0.27 unidentified rockfishes 7 9 1.87 Greenlings Hexagrammos decagrammus 3 3 0.8 Ophiodon elongatus 2 2 0.53 Unidentified fishes 28 33 7.47 Sculpins Hemilepidotus hemilepidotus 3 3 0.8 Scorpaenichthys marmoratus 2 2 0.53 Unidentified sculpins 9 9 2.4 Invertebrates Octopus Octopus bimaculatus 26 30 6.93 Octopus dof eini 5 5 1.33 Loligo opalescens 3 3 0.8 Pandalus spp.
The black and blue rockfish are larger and more abundant, the lingcod population appears to have tripled, and greenlings are larger and more prevalent.
Rock fishermen like to try their luck for greenlings and surfperch (a California fishing license is required).