Juneau, Alaska. January 19, 2011 – The harvest season of the nation’s largest fishery, Alaska Pollock (Theragra chalcogramma), opens tomorrow in Alaska. The 2011 Alaska Pollock Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for the Bering Sea/Aleutian Island and Gulf of Alaska is 1.37 million metric tons, an increase from last year’s TAC of 0.89 million metric tons. This increase is due to the significant growth in the Alaska Pollock biomass in the Bering Sea/Aleutian Island and Gulf of Alaska from 5.4 million metric tons in 2010 to 10.5 million metric tons, for 2011. Alaska Pollock accounts for approximately 30% of the nation’s wild seafood landings by weight.
The delicate, mild whitefish is popular at foodservice, and ranks number 4 (out of 10) in consumer popularity, according to the 2009, National Marine Fisheries Service report: U.S. Per-Capita Consumption By Species in Pounds.
Alaska Pollock is versatile, and can be seen at QSR to fine dining, ranging from fish sandwiches and fish tacos, to fish ‘n’ chips and in sushi preparations with Alaska Surimi Seafood.
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For more than 50 years, Alaska has been dedicated to sustainable seafood. It’s so essential to our way of life that our Constitution has a mandate that “fish … be utilized, developed and maintained on the sustained yield principle.” The seafood industry is Alaska’s largest private sector employer. As a result, Alaskans understand the need to protect the fisheries and surrounding habitats for future generations. We’re proud of our leadership in sustainable management, which has led to an ever-replenishing supply of wild seafood for markets around the world.www.alaskaseafood.org