Ling (Geypterus blacodes) is a member of the cusk eel family. It is coloured orange-pink and brown above, with irregular, pale, bar-like markings and blotches.
Ling is a bottom dweller, living at depths of 300-700 metres, and is usually taken by bottom longlines or bottom trawls.
Ling are mainly caught around the bottom of the South Island and over the Campbell Rise. Ling Meat Quality Ling is a versatile, firm-fleshed fish that can be cooked in practically every way. It has large, moist bone-free fillets that are ideal for pureeing and making into mousselines or terrines.
For meal ideas using ling, check out the recipes on Greatest Meal on Earth website.