Story of Origin
The cold, nutrient-rich waters of the Bering Sea in the North Pacific Ocean are home to our Alaska Pollock. Feeding on shrimp, squid and small fishes, this highly abundant species supports the world's largest certified sustainable fishery! Continuous scientific monitoring and assessment of stocks status creates the basis for an effective fisheries management system which allows for sustainable harvest rules for the participating fleet of vessels. Pollock is caught by large trawler vessels which also function as at-sea factories: Fresh fish is processed into frozen headed and gutted products within hours of catch, preserving the freshness and quality of the product.
Coastal Alaska provides a stunning backdrop to the world's largest sustainable fishery.
The fleet of vessels used to catch pollock are large enough to stay out for several weeks while processing the fish on board.
Once a school of fish is found using sophisticated equipment, enormous nets are deployed at specific depths to target the pollock.
Once on board, the pollock are sorted by size and frozen directly on the vessel.
The huge fishing vessels are designed to store whole frozen fish in boxes for several weeks at a time before coming back to shore to offload.
Returning to land after a fishing trip, the crew of a an Alaska pollock fishing vessel prepare to offload their catch.
The already frozen and packaged fish is transferred from the vessel and shipped overseas for processing.
In our partner's factory in Vietnam, the fish are filletted and bones removed according to our strict quality control requirements.
Good to Know
The Alaska Pollock belongs to the family of cod fishes. It is a schooling fish widely distributed in the North Pacific Ocean with largest concentrations found in the eastern Bering Sea, one of the most productive marine ecosystems on our planet. These very large fish stocks support the second largest and one of the best managed fisheries in the world! Surimi, a well-known alternative to crab (also known as artificial crab meat), is made from Alaska Pollock, too!