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Sablefish

Overview

  • Scientific Name: Anoplopoma fimbria
  • US Market Name(s): Sablefish
  • Canada Market Name(s): Sablefish, Black Cod

Culinary Profile

Sablefish flesh has a high oil-content – is pure-white and offers a delicate flake. The flavour is rich and sweet.

Description

Although Sablefish resemble Cod and are often referred to as Black Cod - they are not actually a member of the Cod family. Sablefish belong to the Anoplomatidae family – a group of fish that are found in the North Pacific Ocean. Sablefish have a round body - similar to Cod - and can grow to be 4 feet long.

Habitat

This demersal fish can be found at depths of 656 feet – 9,800 feet. Sablefish range from Baja California north to Alaska - as well as in the coastal waters of Japan. The majority of Sablefish populations are in Alaska.

Fishing Season

Sustainability Status

Sablefish populations are moderate and no overfishing is occurring. Bycatch rates are low and management of Alaskan Sablefish fisheries is considered highly effective.

Fishy Fact: The oldest Sablefish found was reported to be 94 years old.

Products

Available as Value Added, Commodity, Custom Packing.