Pollock is the new Cod

Friday, January 31, 2014 by Kim Little

There are a lot of different common names for fish, and sometimes they vary depending on what part of the world or even country you live in. However, one name is always the same no matter where you are, the scientific name.

 

While you may call this fish Alaskan Pollock, others might refer to it as Walleye Pollock, Bigeye, or Pacific Pollock. However, one name that everyone can agree on is Theragra chalcogramma. That is until now.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has officially declared that Alaskan Pollock really isn’t a pollock, but a cod instead! This means that the fish that was once Theragra chalcogramma is now Gadus chalcogrammus.

So what? Why does this matter? Why is this important for scientists and fishermen?



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