The adults usually live near to the sea floor, but sometimes they also appear near the
surface. They perform diurnal vertical migrations. They mainly feed on krill, but they also eat
fishes and crustaceans. The adults which are spawning, are often solely captured for their
roe. The meat is used to produce Surimi. They are traded as fresh fish, boneless flesh, in frozen
blocks or as Surimi. The fish is cooked in the microwave, steamed or fried in butter. Alaska
Pollock fisheries of this species have been certified by the Marine Stewardship Council as
well-managed and sustainable.
Alaska Pollack is caught in the North Pacific: from Kivalina, Alaska, to the southern Sea
of Japan and to Carmel, California, USA. The occurrence off the northern part of Baja
California (Mexico), as reported from Quast and Hall, is apparently erroneous.
Depth rangeDepth rangeDE183 - 1280 m.
Common lengthCommon lengthDE30 cm.
Common weightCommon weightDE500g.