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Atlantic Tomcod Microgadus tomcod


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Atlantic Tomcod
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Family: Gadidae, Cods view all from this family

Description Microgadus tomcod, also commonly known as tommy cod or tomcod (poulamon or petit poisson des chenaux in French), Atlantic tomcod or winter cod, is a type of cod fish found in North American coastal waters from the Gulf of St. Lawrence, St. Lawrence River and northern Newfoundland, south to Virginia.

The season of the tomcod varies by location -- one known example is the Sainte-Anne River in Quebec, where its season is from late-December to mid-February. The town of Sainte-Anne-de-la-Prade is notable for its fishing village built on the frozen waters of the Ste-Anne, playing host to the scores of fishermen visiting the town to fish for tomcod.

Dimensions Up to 15" (38 cm).

Habitat Estuaries, tidal flats & salt marshes, Rivers & streams, Ocean or bay shallows.

Range New England, Mid-Atlantic, Eastern Canada.