Kelp Greenling


The Kelp​ Greenling (Hexagrammos decagrammus) is a species of ‍fish that belongs to the family Hexagrammidae. ⁢

Conservation Status

The Kelp Greenling is⁢ currently identified as a ⁤species of least ​concern. These⁤ fish are numerous in ‍their area of‌ distribution, and their ⁤population‌ is‌ considered to​ be stable. While ⁤there are no major conservation ​efforts targeted specifically towards ⁣Kelp‍ Greenling, these ⁣fish benefit indirectly from a variety of ​marine protection and ‌fisheries management practices.


Aspect Average Range
Length 50 ‌cm 30 – 70 cm
Weight 1.5 kg 0.5 ‌- ⁣2.5 kg
Lifespan 11 years N/A


Kelp Greenling are distributed in the North Pacific, from southern ‌Alaska ‍to Baja California. There are no known⁢ specific ‌migration patterns for this species.


These marine‍ fish prefer a⁤ temperate climate and ‌are found in the​ demersal depth range ‍from 0 to 150 meters.⁣ They inhabit ⁣rocky areas ‌and ​kelp forests, and are well adapted⁣ to cold water temperatures.

When‌ and Where ​to See

Kelp⁢ Greenling can⁤ be ​spotted throughout the year with high frequency in⁤ the mornings and evenings.

Best Fishing Locations

The top locations‌ for ⁢Kelp⁣ Greenling include:

  • Prince William Sound, Alaska
  • Gulf of Alaska
  • Vancouver Island, Canada
  • Puget Sound, Washington
  • San Juan Islands, Washington
  • Oregon Coast
  • Monterey Bay, California
  • Channel Islands, California
  • La Jolla, California
  • Cape Mendocino, California

How to Catch

Kelp Greenling are attracted to a variety ​of lures ‌and baits including shrimp, crab, and squid. Fly fishing and bottom fishing are⁤ effective techniques when targeting this species.

Identification ⁣Guide

Kelp Greenling are easily identifiable with their bright green or ⁢blue⁤ spots on a background of light grey or brown. Males are ⁣typically bluish ‍green​ while females are usually a light brownish grey.


Kelp Greenling are enjoyed ⁤for their lean, mild, and slightly sweet meat. ⁤They can be prepared in a variety of ways such as grilling, broiling, and baking.

Nutritional Information⁤ (per 100g serving): 19g of protein, 1g of fat, and 85 calories.

Additional Information

Kelp Greenling​ feed on a diet consisting mainly of crustaceans, molluscs, ‌and smaller fish. They have few natural predators ‍but are​ threatened by overfishing and habitat degradation.

References and Further⁢ Reading