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Alaska Halibut And Black Cod Season Opens March 12, 2011

Juneau, Alaska. March 11, 2011 –The wild Alaska halibut and black cod season opens tomorrow in Alaska. This year’s Total Allowable Catch (TACs) for Alaska halibut and black cod are set at 32.5 and 35.4 million pounds, respectively. The season will extend into mid-November, with frozen product available year-round.

Alaska is home to one of the largest populations of wild halibut and black cod in the world. The largest of all flatfish, Alaska halibut can grow to an impressive size—well over 500 pounds or more, although the average weight is 35-50 pounds. Alaska halibut has a mild, slightly sweet flavor and a unique firm texture, which lends itself to a variety of preparations from grilling to poaching.

Alaska black cod, also known as sablefish, is revered by chefs and consumers alike for its high omega-3 fatty acid content, velvety texture, and incomparable mouth feel. Black cod is sweet and delicate yet intensely flavorful due to the high concentration of omega-3s. A 3.5 oz. serving of black cod delivers 1800 mg of omega-3s, one of the highest levels out of any seafood species.

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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.

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Contact: Claudia Hogue
Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute

Contact: Emily Butler
Schiedermayer & Associates