St. Lawrence species


Nezumia bairdii

Type of resource

  • Bottom fish
  • Fish

Culinary name


Status of the resource

  • Not determined

In season

Fresh in summer and fall.

SIZE : Jusqu’à 40 cm.

LIFE EXPECTANCY : Jusqu’à 11 ans.

LIFE CYCLE : The marlin-spike is a sexually reproductive species.
Males and females release their reproductive cells into the water column during the breeding season, which takes place in summer and autumn.

Crédit : Claude Nozères, photo taken in 2010.

The marlin-spike has a large head, a pointed snout and very large eyes, well adapted to the low-light conditions in deep waters. Its long body tapers sharply to a whip-like tail. It is grayish-brown with a dark blue belly, and has a silver stripe along its lateral line. The dorsal fin is tall and triangular, with a long, serrated spine.

Between the water column and the bottom, up to 2295 m deep.

The marlin-spike is usually found at temperatures between -2 ° C and 16 ° C.


Small crustaceans
Marine worms



No commercial fishing.

The marlin-spike is often an incidental catch by trawlers in deep-sea fishing (shrimp fishing).

Although the marlin-spike is not targeted by the fishing industry and its area of distribution is extensive, the status of its populations remains poorly understood. Further research is needed to assess its vulnerability to over-exploitation and other threats.

This oily fish is rich in Omega-3 and is a source of protein, iron, and sodium. It has a low lipid content.

Delicate flesh with few bones. Its taste is similar to that of cod, although more subtle.


  • When purchasing, the skin must be shiny and the eyes bright.
  • Best to use gentle cooking methods, such as steaming or poaching.
  • Slow cooking is also appropriate, for example in a stew.
  • The marlin-spike can also be eaten raw, in tartar or ceviche, with a little lemon juice and aromatic herbs.