Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Sustainable local fish - Pollock

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(Pollachius pollachius)
(F) Lieu / Colin (D) Seelach (NL) Koolvis (E) Carbonero / Fogonero
Traditionally a popular source of food in some countries like Norway where Pollock is often prepared as fried fish balls or if smaller sized maybe breaded with oatmeal and fried as in Shetland. Year old fish are traditionally split, salted and dried over a peat hearth in Orkney.
The fish can also be salted and smoked and achieve a salmon-like orange color (although it is not closely related to the salmon), as is the case in Germany where the fish is commonly sold as Seelachs or sea salmon.
The Atlantic pollock is related to the cod and haddock, it is also called colin, saithe, lythe and coalfish (particularly in the United Kingdom).
Atlantic pollock is a lean fish with somewhat darker flesh than cod.
Environmental Information
In recent years Pollock has become more popular due to over-fishing of other species.
Atlantic Pollock is a local whitefish. Harvested from locally, pollock is caught by mid-water trawls and hand lines.
Nutritional Information
Pollock is very low in saturated fat and a very good source of protein, Vitamin B12, phosphorus, and selenium.

50% of fish caught in the North Sea are thrown back dead - this wasteful practice is called discard.
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