Pez Pollack

Pez Pollack

Pollack is a white fish, which is growing steadily in popularity. Pollock is versatile due to its cod-like texture and flavour and can be fried, poached and baked.

Area

Pollock are found in the Mediterranean from the west coastlines of Italy and Morocco northwards to Iceland and the north of Norway. The largest stocks are found in the Bay of Biscay and southwestern waters of the British Isles.

Maximum size

Up to 1,3 metres and 20 kilos

Some alternative names

Latin: Pollachius pollachius

English: Pollack

French: Lieu jaune

German: Pollack, Steinköhler

Nutritional value in 100 g raw pollack (edible part)

Energy: 279 kJ or 66 kcal

 

Nutrients:

Protein: 16 g

Fat: 0,2 g

Saturated fatty acids: 0 g

Trans fatty acids: 0 g

Monounsaturated fatty acids: 0 g

Polyunsaturated fatty acids: 0,1 g

Cholesterol: 40 mg

 

Carbohydrates, in total: 0 g

Vitamins:

Vitamin A: 2 RAE       

Vitamin D: 2,2 µg

Riboflavin: 0,10 mg

Folate: 3 µg

Vitamin B12: 1 µg

Minerals:

Iron: 0,1 mg

Selenium: 30 µg

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.

Wild catch

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.

Diet

Crustaceans, herring, sprat and sand eel.

Nutrition

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