The fall or “B” season for Pacific cod is underway, with a total allowable catch set at 53,348 metric tons, an increase of nearly 10 percent over last year’s quota and 40 percent over the 2010 TAC.
Following earlier openings in the state’s cod fishery, fishermen still have 176,901 metric tons of the TAC remaining in the fall season.
The season for the Alaska cod jig fishery in the Bering Sea and Aleutian islands opened Aug. 31, while fisheries for hook and line, pot and trawl gear opened in the Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands and Gulf of Alaska on Sept. 1.
Alaska Pacific cod harvests account for over 95 percent of all cod, regardless of species, caught in the United States, the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute noted.
Alaska cod harvests are allocated by both gear type and location to ensure the long- term health of the state’s cod fisheries. Alaska cod are caught by hook and line, pot, trawl and mechanical jigs, with virtually all fish either frozen or chilled at sea. Alaska’s Pacific cod fisheries are sprawled over an area from the Bering Sea to Southeast Alaska.
Pacific cod can be roasted, poached, steamed, sautéed or deep-fried and is considered a good choice for anything from fish and chips to fish tacos. It is a good source of low-fat protein, phosphorus, niacin and vitamin B12.
More information on Pacific cod harvested in Alaska is at www.wildalaskaflavor.com.