Juneau, Alaska (PRWEB) August 31, 2012
The fall or “B” season for the Alaska cod jig fishery in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands opens today. Fisheries for hook and line, pot, and trawl gear open in the Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands, and Gulf of Alaska tomorrow, September 1st, 2012. The U.S. Pacific cod fishery is often hailed as one of the best-managed fisheries in the world, and the Alaska Pacific cod harvest accounts for over 95% of all cod, regardless of species, caught in the United States.
The total allowable catch (TAC) for the Alaska cod fishery in 2012 is 353,348 metric tons, an increase of nearly 10% over last year’s quota and 40% over the 2010 TAC. The TAC is carefully calculated each year to ensure that all Alaska seafood is sustainably harvested. Following earlier openings in the Alaska cod fishery, fishermen still have 176,901 metric tons of the TAC remaining for the fall season.
Demonstrating Alaska’s intensive management, Alaska cod harvests are allocated by both gear type and location to ensure the long-term health of the State of Alaska’s cod fisheries. Alaska cod are caught using four gear types: hook and line, pot, trawl, and mechanical jigs, with virtually all fish either frozen or chilled at-sea. Alaska’s Pacific cod fisheries extend from the Bering Sea to Southeast Alaska.
With its mild, slightly sweet flavor and firm yet moist texture, Alaska cod works well with most cooking methods. It can be roasted, poached, steamed, sautéed, or deep-fried, and it is an ideal choice for anything from fish and chips to fish tacos. Alaska cod is also a good source of low-fat protein, phosphorus, niacin, and vitamin B12. For more information on sustainable Alaska cod, including nutrition information and recipes, please visit http://www.wildalaskaflavor.com.
About Alaska Seafood
The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) is a partnership of the State of Alaska and the Alaska seafood industry. ASMI works to promote the benefits of wild and sustainable Alaska seafood and to offer seafood industry education.
For more than 50 years, Alaska has been dedicated to sustainable seafood. It’s so essential to our way of life that our constitution mandates 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. For more information, please visit http://www.alaskaseafood.org.