(U.S. Atlantic, Wild-caught)
White hake has been fished out faster than it can reproduce.
Overfishing is still occurring and previous overfishing has reduced populations to very low levels.
White hake is caught with sink gillnets and otter trawl nets. Otter trawls are generally recognized as among the most harmful fishing gear because of the damage they cause to the seafloor habitat.
Additionally, sink gillnets entangle marine mammals, including the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale and the endangered Atlantic humpback whale.
These conservation concerns cause an "Avoid" ranking for white hake.