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Sablefish (Anoplopoma fimbria)

The Sablefish or Anoplopoma fimbria is a deep sea fish that is often found in the Northern Pacific Ocean at depths of up to 9,000 ft (2,700 meters). As these fish grow older they move from the surface into the murky muddy bottoms of the Pacific. Sablefish are quick growers that can reach about 4' in maximum length and have been reported to live over 90 years old!

These fish are easily confused with Cod, but are actually part of a completely different family called Anoplopomatidae. Sablefish go by many different names including Butterfish, Black Cod, Blue Cod, Bluefish, Candlefish and Coalfish. They are considered to be one of the tastiest fish in the world. In fact, Sablefish are the highest valued finfish per pound in Alaska! They have a high oil content with a sweet taste and flaky texture much like the Sea Bass. Sablefish are also considered to be easily sustainable, which makes them a great choice to cook! You can check out a great recipe for Sablefish in the video below.
After the Sablefish is born in the late winter to early spring they feed on zooplankton and gradually start to eat crustaceans, worms and small fish like Walleye Pollock, Herring, and Cod. Sablefish are known to travel great distances of over 2,000 miles in just the first 6 years of life.If you have any additional information about Sablefish that you would like to share including fishing tips and recipes please leave us a comment below.

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