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Pollock

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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.

 

 

Pollock

Pollock belongs to the same family as cod. There are two very similar species: the white and black pollock. White pollock is also called pollack. This species can get up to 130 cm and get 8 years old. Both pollock species can be found in the eastern Atlantic Ocean, white pollock also occurs in the western Atlantic. Black pollock can reach the same size as white pollock, but gets much older, about 25 to 30 years old. The white pollock is commercially less important than black pollock. Because it is commenly found around ship wrecks, anglers love to catch this fish. When you find pollock on the menu in the Netherlands, it is mostly another species, the Alaska pollock.

 

 

Pollock

Pollachius pollachius
Origin

Atlantic Ocean, north-east (FAO 27)
Deelgebieden: North Sea, central

Farming- / Catch method

Gillnets

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Explanation assessment

There is no targeted fishery on pollock; it is bycatch in several fisheries. There is therefore little known about the stock of pollock in most European waters. The fishing pressure is largely unknown. The species is not endangered, but moderately vulnerable to fishing pressure.

Fishing with gillnets is generally selective and does little to no damage to the seabed. There is however a risk of bycatch of endangered shark and ray species and sea mammals. In the North Sea there is less of a problem with the bycatch than in other areas.

The fishery management in European waters is reasonably effective, but there are no quotas for pollock and there are no targeted measures.

 

Pollock

Pollachius pollachius
Origin

Atlantic Ocean, north-east (FAO 27)
Deelgebieden: Norwegian Sea, Spitzbergen and Bear Island

Farming- / Catch method

Bottom otter trawl

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Fish stocks and fishing pressure
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Explanation assessment

There is no targeted fishery on pollock; it is bycatch in several fisheries. There is therefore little known about the stock of pollock in most European waters. The fishing pressure is largely unknown. The species is not endangered, but moderately vulnerable to fishing pressure.

There is a lot of bycatch in bottom trawl fisheries. Unwanted species are discarded. These discards have a low survivability. There is also bycatch of endangered shark and ray species. The fishing gear also disturbs the bottom a lot and can damage vulnerable habitats like cold-water coral reefs.

The fishery management in European waters is reasonably effective, but there are no quotas for pollock and there are no targeted measures.

 

Pollock

Pollachius pollachius
Origin

Atlantic Ocean, north-east (FAO 27)
Deelgebieden: Norwegian Sea, Spitzbergen and Bear Island

Farming- / Catch method

Gillnets

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

There is no targeted fishery on pollock; it is bycatch in several fisheries. There is therefore little known about the stock of pollock in most European waters. The fishing pressure is largely unknown. The species is not endangered, but moderately vulnerable to fishing pressure.

Fishing with gillnets is generally selective and does little to no damage to the seabed. There is however a risk of bycatch of endangered shark and ray species and sea mammals.

The fishery management in European waters is reasonably effective, but there are no quotas for pollock and there are no targeted measures.

 

 

 

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.