Seafood Watch - Seafood Guide

Pollock, Atlantic

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Pollock Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Boston Bluefish, Blue Cod, Blue Coalfish, Coley, Imitation Crab, Kanikama, Saithe, Snapper, Surimi Marine Stewardship Council Certified Wild
Pollock, Alaska Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Imitation Crab, Kanikama, Surimi Alaska Wild
Pollock, Atlantic Avoid: Avoid these products for now. These fish come from sources that are overfished or fished or farmed in ways that harm the environment. Boston Bluefish, Blue Cod, Blue Snapper, Coalfish, Coley, Saithe Iceland Danish Seine, Trawl
Pollock, Atlantic Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Boston Bluefish, Blue Cod, Blue Snapper, Coalfish, Coley, Saithe Norway Danish Seine, Trawl
Pollock, Atlantic Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Boston Bluefish, Blue Cod, Blue Snapper, Coalfish, Coley, Saithe Iceland Set Gillnet
Pollock, Atlantic Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Boston Bluefish, Blue Cod, Blue Snapper, Coalfish, Coley, Saithe Canada Wild
Pollock, Atlantic Best Choice: These fish are abundant, well managed and fished or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Boston Bluefish, Blue Cod, Blue Snapper, Coalfish, Coley, Saithe Norway Gillnet, Purse Seine
Pollock, Atlantic Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Boston Bluefish, Blue Cod, Blue Snapper, Coalfish, Coley, Saithe U.S. Atlantic Wild


Atlantic Pollock, Wild, U.S. Atlantic

Atlantic pollock from the New England region receive a "Good Alternative" recommendation due to healthy populations and sustainable fishing rates.

Consumer Note

Approximately half of the Atlantic pollock available on the U.S. market are from the New England region, while the remainder is imported from Canada and Germany.

Summary

Atlantic pollock populations in U.S. waters have recovered to healthy levels and are being fished at sustainable quantities. There are concerns however with the populations of other species of fish caught alongside Atlantic pollock, including Atlantic cod, haddock and some species of flatfish, some of which are depleted or being fished at high levels. There are also concerns with the capture of marine mammals in gillnets used to capture Atlantic pollock and other groundfish in the New England region. As a result, Atlantic pollock receive a "Good Alternative" recommendation.

Management of the fisheries in this region has improved over the last decade, and while recent changes should lead to greater recovery of the fish populations it is too early to tell how quickly this recovery will take place.


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