Black Cod (Gadus macrocephalus)
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Common name: Sablefish. Regional names: Black cod, butterfish, skilfish, skil, beshow, coalfish.

Identification: Sleek, elongate body. Two medium sized, almost equal well separated dorsal fins, very small teeth. Uniform blackish gray on dorsal surface and above, gray to white below.

Range: Baja California to Bering Sea, and to Honshu Island, Japan.

Season and Catch Methods: May/June in the Gulf of Alaska and May/June and September/October in Southeast Alaska. Caught primarily by longline and as an incidental species in trawls targeting flatfish.

Size: Average 5-9 lbs average, maximum 40 lbs.

Product forms: Fresh: dressed/headed, split or unsplit belly, collar on or off (Western or Eastern cut); skin-on or skinless fillets pinbone-in; steaks. Frozen: dressed/headed; fillets, skinless and skinless, boneless; steaks. Dressed/headed fish typically graded under 2 lbs, 2-3 lbs, 3-4 lbs, 4-5 lbs, 5-7 lbs and 7 lbs up.

Packaging: Fresh: fillets 10 lb poly bags, 10 lb plastic containers. Frozen: dressed/headed 50 to 80 lb boxes, fillets 10 to 25 lb IQF and layer packs.

Nutritional Value (3.5 oz (100 g) raw fillet): 195 Kcal, 138 Kcal from Fat, 14 g Protein, 15 g Total Fat, 3.2 g Saturated Fat, 1.4 g Omega-3 Fat, 49 mg Cholesterol, 56 mg Sodium.