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Navaga

Eleginus navaga (Miiller)

Navaga (Eleginus nawaga) is a relatively small species of fish in the cod family Gadidae. It inhabits the European arctic and subarctic waters of the Barents, White and Kara Seas, from the Kola Bay to the Ob river estuary.

Navaga fish usually occur at shallow depths, along shores with soft bottoms, close to the ice and on the continental shelf. In winter they live in nearshore waters, where spawning takes place. They are often found in estuaries and can enter fresh water in rivers. In summertime they return to open waters. They feed on crustaceans and benthic animals, also on small fish. Adult size is usually 25-35 cm, but White Sea fish are smaller, 15-25 cm.