Harvesting Gulf of Alaska groundfish
Harvested Fish:
Target Species
The following fish are harvested from the Gulf of Alaska as Directed Fisheries: 
Pacific Cod 
Pacific cod (Gadus macrocephalus), also known as grey cod, are moderately fast growing and relatively short-lived fish, with a maximum age of approximately 18 years.Females reach 50% maturity at 4.4 years in the Gulf of Alaska (Alaska Fisheries Science Center)

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Pollock 
Walleye pollock (Theragra chalcogramma) is a key species in the Alaska groundfish complex and a target species for one of the world's largest fisheries. Walleye pollock produce the largest catch of any single species inhabiting the 200-mile U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone. Pollock is a semipelagic schooling fish widely distributed in the North Pacific Ocean with largest concentrations found in the eastern Bering Sea.  During 2010, pollock made up 55.8% of the total groundfish catch off Alaska. (Alaska Fisheries Science Center)

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Rockfish
Pacific Ocean Perch (Sebastes alutus, POP) are an important component of Alaska groundfish fisheries, with catches of POP taken primarily from shelf breaks and gullies in the northern GOA and Aleutian Islands region.  They can grow up to 21.1 inches and reach 4.5 lbs.  As POP mature they become deeper red in color.  Those living in deeper water are usually darker red.  POP are commonly found from northern California to the Aleutian Islands and the Gulf of Alaska, where they are the most abundant of the rockfishes. (Alaska Fisheries Science Center)



Northern Rockfish (Seastes polyspinis) are important to commercial fishing in the GOA where about 4000 tons are caught by trawlers each year.  This species is one of the most northerly distributed species of rockfish in the North Pacific ocean.  Northerns found in the GOA grow significantly faster and reach a larger maximum length than those found in the Aleutian Islands.  These fish are long-lived with a maximum age of about 70 years. (Alaska Fisheries Science Center)
Dusky Rockfish (Sebastes variabilis) a "Pelagic Shelf Rockfish", range from British Columbia to the Bering Sea and west to Japan, but are abundant only in the Gulf of Alaska.  Like many rockfish in Alaska, Duskies are long-lived and have been aged as old as 76. (Alaska Fisheries Science Center)
For more information on Rockfish, and the Rockfish Program, see our "Current Events" page.
Flatfish
Rock Sole northern (Lepidopsetta polyxystra) represent an important trawl fishery in the Bering Sea and the Gulf of Alaska.  Rock Soles grow to approximately 60 cm and can live in excess of 20 years. (Alaska Fisheries Science Center)
​Arrowtooth Flounder (Atheresthes stomias) range from central California to the eastern Bering Sea and currently are the most abundant fish in the Gulf of Alaska.  (Alaska Fisheries Science Center)
Rex Sole (Glyptocephalus zachirus) is a "major part of the flatfish trawl fishery from California northward to the Bering Sea" (Love, 1996).  The maximum length is 59 cm, maximum age 24, Rex are found on sand or mud bottoms. (Love, 1996).  Currently, in the GOA, Rex Sole are more valuable at the dock than Pacific cod.


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For more information check out the NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center website:
http://www.afsc.noaa.gov/default.htm