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Alaska pollock (Theragra chalcogramma and/or Gadus Chalcogrammus)
A member of the cod family, Alaska pollock is one of the most abundant and versatile fish in the world. It can grow as large as 3 feet (91 cm), but will typically average from 12 to 20 inches (31 to 51 cm) in length and from 1 to 3.5 pounds (0.45 to 1.6 kg) in weight. Alaska pollock has a mild taste with a somewhat higher oil content than other whitefish species. It is one of the most efficient sources of protein, as it’s low in calories, carbohydrates and fat.
|Serving size||100 g (raw)|
|Total Fat||0.8 g|
|Saturated fatty acids||0.164 g|
|Total dietary fiber||0|
|Omega-3 fatty acids||387 mg|
|Source: NOAA Fishwatch, Nutritionself database|
Alaska pollock are found in the North Pacific Ocean. In U.S. waters, the largest population, and hence the largest fishery, is in the Eastern Bering Sea
Alaska pollock are harvested using mid-water, also called pelagic, trawl gear by catcher-processors such as those owned and operated by American Seafoods Company. They’re also harvested by trawlers that deliver to shore-based processors and mothership processors.
In the United States, Alaska pollock are sustainably managed by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), a division of the United States Department of Commerce. Biological catch limits are determined by impartial scientists who work for NMFS, State fisheries agencies and universities. Quotas are set at or below the biological limits by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, a body made up of knowledgeable private citizens and State and Federal government officials. More information on the management of the Alaska pollock fishery is available on www.fishwatch.gov.
The Alaska pollock fishery is widely considered to be one of the best-managed fisheries in the world. It was certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) in 2010 and again in 2016. In the re-certifications, the Bering Sea pollock fishery received the highest score of any groundfish fishery certified to date. Information on the MSC and its certification of the Alaska pollock fishery is available on www.msc.org.
The Bering Sea Alaska pollock fishery has also been certified as responsibly managed by Global Trust under a program established by Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. More information on this program is available at http://www.alaskaseafood.org/rfm-certification/.
American Seafoods Company is the world’s largest at-sea producer of single-frozen Pin Bone Out (PBO), Deep-Skinned (DSAP) and Pin Bone In (PBI) whole fillet blocks made from Alaska pollock. Our 16.5 lb. (7.48 kg) whole fillet blocks are compression-frozen within just hours of harvest to the exact dimensions to provide trouble-free value-added processing. Our whole fillet blocks are produced into a variety of seasoned, breaded and battered fish portions and fish fingers, and are sold into both foodservice and retail outlets around the world.
American Seafoods Company is the world’s largest at-sea producer of surimi blocks made from Alaska Pollock fillets. Our surimi is quick frozen at-sea on board the vessels that catch the fish, enabling us to minimize the time from harvest to freezing to ensure the freshest and most consistent quality surimi on the market. We offer a full line of Alaska pollock surimi grades including SA, FA, A, KA, B and RA. American Seafoods’ Alaska pollock surimi is sold to customers around the world and is highly-regarded for its consistent quality and attributes that makes it perfect for a growing range of surimi seafoods, including premium crabsticks, and for the wide variety of “Kamaboko” products in Asian markets. Kamoboko products made from our surimi have a delicate taste and firm texture making them ideal for a wide variety of healthy dishes including snacks, appetizers, side dishes, soups, casseroles and salads, and are consumed in Japan, Korea and other countries and regions.
American Seafoods Company is one of the world’s largest producers of high-quality, at-sea produced frozen Alaska pollock roe. By producing the roe on board the vessel that catches the fish, it allows us to minimize the time from catch through grading to freezing to get the best freshness and most consistent quality Alaska pollock roe on the market. Our Alaska pollock roe is carefully cleaned and sorted by hand during grading into a wide variety of grades based on our customers’ requirements. The primary market for American Seafoods roe is in Asia where it is further processed into retail packs. It is most famous as the “Mentaiko” product which is a salted and spicy seasoned roe. Alaska pollock roe is becoming increasingly popular in the European caviar market.
American Seafoods Company produces aqua-grade Alaska Pollock crude fish oil at sea. This product is renowned for its high quality, freshness, and purity, as it is processed within just a few hours of harvest on our catcher-processors. Because of its high nutritional content our fish oil is a prized ingredient for use in aquaculture feeds and other industrial applications. In addition our oil is also further refined into finished products used high quality human supplements.
We produce our own branded Omega-3 supplement, 54° North Omega-3 with Vitamin D3, which is a high-purity, top of the market Omega-3 supplement, available at http://americanmarineingredients.myshopify.com
American Seafoods Company is one of the world’s largest at-sea producers of White Fish Meal. It is produced immediately after harvest on board the same vessel that catches the fish. Our White Fish meal has high protein content and top freshness. It is the fish meal with the lowest TVN and histamine on the market, which is what makes the White Fish meal different from the more abundant Red Fish meal made from pelagic fish. White Fish meal is irreplaceable for some high value aquaculture species that need this particular kind of fish meal in their diet.
Due to the nature of our fishery, American Seafoods is able to carefully produce a wide variety of valuable products from catch that in many fisheries is discarded. We produce Alaska pollock stomachs, bone meal, fish skins and milt that are sold into domestic and international markets. 100% of the target fish we bring on board our vessels is kept and turned into commercially marketable products.