Fishing: Raising Hake

Frenchmen call it saumon blanc and eat it with gusto. To the British, it is the fish in their beloved fish 'n' chips. On the U.S.'s West Coast, however, it goes by the unappetizing name of hake, and what little of it fishermen have caught has been ground into fish meal for poultry feed.

Soon West Coast fishermen are going to be raising much more hake. Sonar soundings conducted by the Interior Department's Bureau of Commercial Fisheries have detected vast schools of hake in the usually unfished mid-waters between the ocean surface and the bottom.

One school was a prodigious 20 miles...

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