Although Hake are close relatives of Cod and Haddock, they are not alike in appearance. Hake is a more slender and softer-bodied fish. Hake have a dark back with a lighter belly and much larger eyes than Cod. Hake inhabit the ocean bottom along the continental shelf in the western North Atlantic from Newfoundland to North Carolina. Hake have a softer flesh than cod, ranging from soft to moderately firm. It cooks up lean and white with a mildly sweet flavor. Hake are primarily caught with bottom trawls and gillnets. In New England, Hake are caught under a sector management plan.