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Pacific cod (Gadus macrocephalus)
An important commercial fish species in Alaska, Pacific cod has been harvested in waters off Alaska since the mid-19th century. The largest of the Alaskan ground fish species, they can reach a length of six feet. Pacific cod average from 5 to 10 pounds (2.3 to 4.6 kg), producing fillets that range from 16 to 32 ounces (0.45 to 0.9 kg) in weight. Their fillets are white, with a firm texture, large flake and a mild taste. Pacific cod is high in protein and low in cholesterol and fat.
|Serving size||100 g|
|Total Fat||0.63 g|
|Saturated fatty acids||0.081 g|
|Total dietary fiber||0|
|Omega-3 fatty acids||284 mg|
|Source: NOAA Fishwatch, Nutritionself database|
Pacific cod are found in the North Pacific Ocean from Northern California to the Sea of Japan, with the largest populations in the U.S. Gulf of Alaska and Eastern Bering Sea.
In U.S. waters, Pacific cod are harvested with trawl, longline and longline “pot” gear. Quotas are allocated between these gear groups in both the Gulf of Alaska and the Eastern Bering Sea.
In the United States, Pacific cod 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 Pacific cod fishery is available on www.fishwatch.gov.
The Pacific cod fishery was certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council in 2010. Information on the MSC and its certification of the yellowfin sole fishery is available on www.msc.org.
The Pacific cod fishery is under assessment as being responsibly managed by Global Trust under a program established by Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. More information on this program is available on sustainability.alaskaseafood.org.
American Seafoods Company produces both at-sea frozen J-cut and collar bone-on (CBO) headed and gutted Pacific cod. These are sold into Asian, European and American markets for re-processing into fillet and fillet portion products.
American Seafoods Company produces high-quality, at-sea frozen whole fillet blocks made from Pacific cod. 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 sold into both foodservice and retail.
American Seafoods Company produces minced produces high quality minced Pacific cod blocks for retail and foodservice breaded and battered portions.