Pollock Pollachius virens Boston bluefish , Saithe, Coalfish
Related to the cod it is often used as a substitute for cod and haddock in salting. An excellent fish fresh it deteriorates quickly turning soft and is dark and fibrous when compared to cod. However the flesh is firm white and tasty when fresh with a slightly stronger taste than cod. At a time when cod was scarce and costly, Pollock was used as an acceptable and affordable alternative. Its popularity resulted in over-fishing which has resulted in the resource no longer being cheap and as abundant.
Alaskan Pollack is found throughout the North Pacific with the major stocks found in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska.
Pollack reaches a maximum weight of 35 pounds but most found in the markets are 4 to 5 pounds.
Pollock is probably best known as the main ingredient for Japanese Surimi.
Season September to January with the seasons peak in November