Philadelphia, PA - The annual Alaska halibut and sablefish (black cod) harvest seasons begin Saturday, March 24, bringing world-renowned, high-quality, sustainable, wild-caught Alaska whitefish to restaurants and retailers across the country. The delicate, sweet flavor of Alaska halibut and rich succulent profile of Alaska sablefish offer a versatile, healthy protein option for home cooks, chefs and diners to enjoy fresh throughout spring, summer and fall, and frozen year-round.
Both Alaska halibut and Alaska sablefish are especially great for grilling and roasting. They pair beautifully with seasonal sides and vegetables and are perfect for using in popular, flavorful recipes, from miso glazes to Southwest flavors.
"Alaska halibut and sablefish are sourced from the pure, icy waters of Alaska resulting in unparalleled flavor and exceptional quality. Our fishermen follow some of the best sustainable fishing practices in the world," said Jeremy Woodrow, communications director, Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI). "The start of a new season is a timely reminder to always 'Ask for Alaska' when dining out or shopping at grocery stores so you can be confident that your seafood is always wild and sustainably sourced."
Alaska Whitefish Varieties
- Halibut: Sweet, with delicate flavor and a firm and flaky texture, halibut maintains its shape and is suitable for all types of cooking methods.
- Sablefish (black cod): Succulent and rich in flavor, sablefish is perfect for grilling, poaching, smoking or roasting.
- Alaska cod (Pacific cod): Moist and firm with a distinctive large flake and slightly sweet flavor, cod adapts well to most cooking methods.
- Alaska Pollock: With its mild flavor, Alaska pollock is an excellent choice for fish tacos, fish sticks and fish burgers and can be sourced frozen as fillets or lightly breaded.
- Sole (flounder): Lean, tender and with a mild taste, sole requires minimal handling to preserve moisture and is best when poached, sautéed or steamed.
- Rockfish: With a tender, yet meaty, texture, rockfish is great with a wide range of rubs, marinades and sauces.
Alaska is the only state with sustainability written into its constitution and has been practicing science-based fisheries management for decades. To ensure there will always be more to catch, Alaska fishermen limit their harvest to the statewide total allowable catch set by international, federal and state fisheries managers to sustain each fishery. In 2018, harvest levels are set at 33 million pounds for Alaska sablefish and 17.5 million pounds for Alaska halibut.
In addition to halibut and sablefish, Alaska offers a wide variety of whitefish species for every taste, budget and cooking technique. Each species is harvested seasonally and is also available frozen year-round.