Pollack is a bottom-dwelling codfish that can be distinguished from saithe by a more protruding jaw and a dark, wavy lateral line. It lives in shoals in open seas down to a depth of 200 metres, mainly along the coast off southern and western Norway. It spawns in spring, and the eggs hatch after 6 days. In the winter it migrates to deeper and warmer waters. Pollack can live up to 8 years. In recent years the pollock population has increased significantly. The density of pollack meat also makes it suitable for processed products.
Pollack is normally caught as a bycatch when fishing for cod with nets, trawl nets or trolling lines. It is an important species in recreational fishing.
Crustaceans, herring, sprat and sand eel.
Pollack is especially rich in:
- Protein that builds and maintains every cell in the body.
- Vitamin D, necessary to balance calcium in the body, which maintains and strengthens the bones.
- Vitamin B12, which is important for the body in producing new cells, including red blood cells. Vitamin B12 can help to prevent anaemia.
- Selenium, an important element in an enzyme that fights harmful chemical processes in the body.
More nutritional data can be found at www.nifes.no/en/prosjekt/seafood-data