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Pacific cod

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General

Cod-like fish

Cod-like fishes belong to the Gadidae family. This includes the Atlantic and Pacific cod, pouting, haddock, whiting, European pollock, Alaska pollock and saithe. They live near the seabed in coastal waters and in deeper waters. During the day, they aggregate in schools. At night, they separate to forage independently. Gadidae are omnivorous fish that feed on worms, molluscs, bivalves, crustaceans and small fish. They migrate over large distances to spawn and to hunt on large schools of herring and smelt.

 

 

Pacific cod

Pacific cod can be found in colder waters near to the seabed in the northern Pacific Ocean at depths between 10 and 1280 metres. This species can reach lengths of up to 120 cm and can weigh 23 kilograms. Pacific cod has a lot of resemblance to the Arctic cod.  

 

Pacific cod

Gadus macrocephalus
Origin

Pacific Ocean, north-east (FAO 67)

Farming- / Catch method

Bottom otter trawl, Pots and traps, Set longlines, Handlines and pole-lines (hand operated)

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Explanation assessment

Cod from the Bering Sea and around the Aleutian Islands in FAO 61 and 67 has been [MSC certified] since 2010. The cod stock is doing well here. There are 39 vessels in the fishery, ranging from small boats operating close to shore to large vessels capable of directly processing and freezing the cod. Various methods of catching cod have been used, such as [bottom trawl], [longline longline fishing], [hand-line hand-lines-and-line-lines-machine] (jigging) and [pots-pots-and-traps]. Pacific cod in the Gulf of Alaska is a fast-growing fish, reaching an average length of 19 cm in the first year. By the age of 12 they can exceed 90 cm. The stocks are generally exploited from the age of three. The cod spawn between January and May, but are available all year round.

Pacific cod

Gadus macrocephalus
Origin

Pacific Ocean, north-east (FAO 67)

Farming- / Catch method

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

Cod is caught in the Pacific Ocean in the Gulf of Alaska (FAO 67) using a variety of fishing methods. The Pacific cod fish stock in the Gulf of Alaska has recently declined sharply due to high water temperatures. In the cod fishery, potential interactions with sea lions and bycatch of other vulnerable species are of concern. Management is very effective and includes strict regulations to evaluate fish stocks and fishing levels annually and adjusts them if needed. Measures have been taken to reduce impact on the seabed and policies are being developed to protect the ecosystem.

Note: This fishery is currently closed, but there may still be frozen product on the market.

ASC label

Fish with the ASC label is farmed in a sustainable manner.

MSC label

Fish with the MSC label is caught sustainably.

Good fish

This fish is not being overfished or is being responsibly farmed, with minimal impact on the environment.

Second choice

This fish is a second choice. There are still some improvements to be made in this fishery or fish farm.

Avoid

Do not buy this fish. It's being overfished or the way it's farmed or caught has a negative impact on the environment.

By-catch

This fish is unwillingly caught while fishing for a different species. They are underused and should be eaten more.

GlobalG.A.P.

GlobalG.A.P. certified farms are doing a step in the right direction in terms of sustainability. A few species with this label are getting a better score on the VISwijzer.

Organic

Organic standards are the strictest when it comes to fish feed. They also require certain measures for animal well-being.