Pacific Hake/Pacific Whiting (Meluccius productus)

 

HakeThe coastal stock of Pacific hake is currently the most abundant groundfish population in the California Current system. There are more Hake caught than all other groundfish species combined.

Smaller populations of hake occur in the major inlets of the North Pacific Ocean, including the Strait of Georgia, Puget Sound, and the Gulf of California. However, the coastal stock is distinguished from the inshore populations by larger body size, and seasonal migratory behavior. The population is modeled as a single stock, but the United States and Canadian fishing fleets are treated separately in order to capture some of the spatial variability in Pacific hake distribution.

Recently, The United States and Canada have embarked on a treaty to co-manage Hake stocks and allow for fair sharing of resources between the two countries. This treaty has been ratified in both countries and is being implemented for the 2008 assessment year.

Stock assessments and assessment reviews for Pacific hake are done annually in a collaborative effort by U.S. and Canadian scientists, and are available from the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) The Council adopts the Pacific whiting assessment in March of each year if recommended by the review panel and the Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC). Results from any adopted assessment are used to decide annual whiting harvest specifications and management measures in March of each year for whiting fisheries occurring later in the year.

 

Hake

Hake (meluciuss productus) - Fisher Bay Seafood.
photo Courtesy of Steve Bottomley

 

 

Pacific whiting supports one of the most important commercial fisheries off the West Coast of the United States. There are three recognized stocks of Pacific whiting:

  • A highly migratory offshore (or coastal) stock that ranges from southern Baja California to Queen Charlotte Sound,
  • A central-south Puget Sound stock,
  • A Strait of Georgia stock.

    ( The latter two stocks are managed by state and local management agencies, but the offshore, or coastal, fishery in U.S. waters is managed by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) through its Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP).)

Originally approved in 1982, the Groundfish FMP now manages over 90 different species through a number of measures, including harvest guidelines, quotas, trip and landing limits, area restrictions, seasonal closures, and gear restrictions (like minimum mesh size for nets). Annual quotas are the primary management tool used to limit the catch of whiting. Pacific whiting was declared overfished by the U.S. government in 2002. The stock was declared rebuilt and no longer depleted in 2004. The coast-wide (U.S. and Canada) Pacific whiting stock is assessed annually by a joint technical team of scientists from both countries.

In 2003, the United States and Canada signed an agreement that allocates a set percentage of the Pacific whiting catch to American and Canadian fishermen over the next decade and established a process for the review of science and the development of management recommendations. Beginning in late 2007, management of Pacific whiting and related science activities will be coordinated under the provisions of this international treaty with Canada.

The Marine Stewardship Council (www.MSC.org) certified the midwater Pacific Hake (whiting) fishery as sustainable on 21 October, 2009.

 

 

FISHER BAY HAKE :

Pacific Whiting / Pacific Hake
(Merluccius productus)

We are one of the largest independent producers of 
Pacific Whiting in North America.

 

 

Hake

 

 

The products currently offered by
Fisher Bay Seafood are:


BLOCK  H & T  HAKE
(Headed, Tail-off with guts removed)
Frozen in 10 kg blocks
A container holds 2520 cartons
for a total weight of 25.2 metric tons
Sizes Available:
-300 gms,  300-600 gms, +600 gms

 

 

Hake

 

 

IQF  H & T  HAKE (Individually Quick Frozen)
Packed in 16 kg cartons
A container holds 1540 cartons
for a total weight of 24.64 metric tones
Sizes Available:
-300 gms, 300-600 gms, +600 gms

 

 

 

Hake

 

 

 

Pacific Hake IQF Fillets (Skin On, Boned)
Packed in 13.5 kg cartons
A container holds approximately 21.6 metric tones
Size Available:
Ocean run 85 - 170 gms

 

 

 


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