Pollock, Atlantic – U.S.
Pollock are found on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean but are more numerous and widespread in European than in American waters. They are fished in many places in their range. Atlantic Pollock reach sexual maturity between three and eight years of age and can live for at least 20 years and grow at moderate rates.
Atlantic Pollock populations in U.S. waters have recovered to healthy levels and are being fished at appropriate levels.
Atlantic Pollock are caught with bottom trawls and bottom gillnets. Some depleted species are caught alongside Atlantic Pollock, including Atlantic cod. As well, the gillnets used to catch Atlantic Pollock accidentally catch marine mammals. Bottom trawls can cause high damage to bottom ocean habitats, while bottom gillnets cause moderate damage.