Alaska Pollock

Quality mark Cultivation
/Keurmerk Wild
Green
Second choice
Avoid
Bycatch

Alaska Pollock

Theragra chalcogramma
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Origin

Pacific Ocean, north-east (FAO 67)
Deelgebieden: Pacific Ocean, north-east

Cultivation- / Catchmethod

Midwater otter trawl, Trawls

Explanation assessment

The Alaska pollock fishery in the Sea of Okhotsk, eastern Bering Sea, along the Aleutian Islands and in the Gulf of Alaska has been MSC-certifiedMSC Certified:
fisheries that comply with the Marine Stewardship Council assessment criteria and are certified. Fish products with the blue MSC label are caught by sustainable fisheries.
in 2005. This fishery mainly uses [midwater otter trawls]. These are trawl nets that are towed through the water column and have no impact on the seabed.

Since 2013, the Russian Alaska pollock fishery in the Sea of Okhotsk has also been MSC-certified.

 

Alaska Pollock

Theragra chalcogramma
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Origin

Pacific Ocean, north-west (FAO 61)

Cultivation- / Catchmethod

Danish seine

Fish stocks and fishing pressure
Ecosystem effects
Fishery management
Final assessment
Explanation assessment

There are twelve large stocks of Alaska pollock in the northern Pacific Ocean. This fish species is relatively well resistant to [fishing pressure]. The populations in the western part of the Pacific Ocean, in the western Bering Sea and the Sea of Okhotsk seem to recover from a deep depression in the 90’s.

The Russian Danish seine fishery is relatively selective, with normally little [bycatch] and discardsDiscards:
Unwanted by-catch, which is thrown back because there is no quota, the market price is too low, or the fish is below the legal minimum landing size. Discards can be alive or dead.
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The fishery management is not effective. There are insufficient precautionary measures implemented. It stays a problem that the fishery in the west of the Bering Sea doesn’t keep itself to the [catch restrictions]. Estimated is that, with illegal fishery, the catches are 1,5 times larger than the set catch limit.

 

Alaska Pollock

Theragra chalcogramma
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Origin

Pacific Ocean, north-west (FAO 61)

Cultivation- / Catchmethod

Trawls

Fish stocks and fishing pressure
Ecosystem effects
Fishery management
Final assessment
Explanation assessment

There are twelve large stocks of Alaska pollock in the northern Pacific Ocean. This fish species is relatively well resistant to [fishing pressure]. The populations in the western part of the Pacific Ocean, in the western Bering Sea and the Sea of Okhotsk seem to recover from a deep depression in the 90’s.

Alaska pollock is most commonly caught with [midwater otter trawls]. This fishery doesn’t damage the seabed and is selective; over 95% of the catch consists of the target species. [Bycatch] consists mainly of young pollock.

The fishery management is not effective. There are insufficient precautionary measures implemented. It stays a problem that the fishery in the west of the Bering Sea doesn’t keep itself to the [catch restrictions]. Estimated is that, with illegal fishery, the catches are 1,5 times larger than the set catch limit.

 

General

Alaska Pollock

Alaska pollock is the most eaten pollock in the Netherlands. It is found in the Arctic regions of the Pacific Ocean, from 0-1300 m of depth. They have a daily migration from deep in the ocean to shallower water to feed. Alaska pollock is in the family of cod. It reaches a length of 91 cm and a weight of 1.4 kg.