Pollock – Atlantic

Pollock – Atlantic

Pollachius virens

Market Name(s): Pollock Arctic Coalfish Merlan

Primary Source(s): Gulf of Maine, Canada, Iceland

Season: Year Round

Size Range:  up to 20 lbs

ARCTIC COALFISH (AKA Merlan or Arctic Pollock), a north Atlantic broad-flaked delicate fish popularized by world famous Chef Joel Robuchon is starting to gain popularity in the United States as an incredibly versatile species adaptable to a wide range of applications.

A member of the Cod family Merlan, or more commonly known as Coalfish or Arctic Pollock are a completely different species than the Pacific Pollock readily available in many markets. The fisheries for these species are very different as well - Pacific or Alaskan Pollock is harvested in one of the largest, most valuable industrial fisheries in the world, with landings averaging over 1 million tons. Trips on the Pacific Pollock fleets last weeks at a time where the majority of catches are frozen and then refreshed for commodity markets across the globe.

Arctic Coalfish from Iceland on the other hand is harvested by the Eggertsson Brothers fleet of artisan day trip vessels capable of only a few hours at sea. The nature of the smaller vessels and limited fleet allows arrival of only for True Day Boat Catches, still in rigor mortis.

Supreme Lobster sources these magnificent animals exclusively from the small family fleet of vessels helmed by the Eggertsson Brothers of Húsavik, a historic fishing village on the northeast coast located opposite of the capital of Reykjavik. Tracing their lineage back to the first Viking settlers of Iceland, The Eggertsson Brothers (Ragnar, Björn, Gunner) and their artisan fleet are masters in the art of hunting these northern Arctic waters.