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Pollock Pollachius virens


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Family: Gadidae, Cods view all from this family

Description Pollock (or pollack, pronounced the same, play /ˈpɒlək/, and listed first in most UK and US dictionaries) is the common name used for either of the two species of marine fish in the Pollachius genus. Both P. pollachius and P. virens are commonly referred to as pollock. Other names for P. pollachius include the Atlantic pollock, European pollock, lieu jaune, and lythe; while P. virens is sometimes known as Boston blues (distinct from bluefish), coalfish (or coley), Silver Bills or saithe.

Both species can grow to 3 ft 6 in (1.07 m) and can weigh up to 46 lb (21 kg). The fish has a strongly-defined silvery lateral line running down the sides. Above the lateral line the color is a greenish black. The belly is white. It can be found in water up to 100 fathoms (180 m) deep over rocks, and anywhere in the water column. Pollock are a "whitefish."

Dimensions Up to 3'6" (1.1 m); 46 1/2 lbs (21.1 kg).

Habitat Open ocean, Ocean or bay shallows.

Range New England, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Eastern Canada.