Reproductive Biology

Alaska pollock begin spawning at age two, but ages four and five contribute most to reproduction. Most spawning begins late February in the Bering Sea, March or April in the Gulf of Alaska. Major spawning aggregations are found in Shelikof Strait, Straits of Georgia, Aleutian Basin, and off the Pribilof Islands. Spawning fish form dense schools high in the water column. Fecundity ranges from 37,000 eggs per female to nearly one million off the coast of Canada. In the western Bering Sea, an 11-year-old female can produce 15 million eggs. Eggs are pelagic and occur mostly within 98 ft (30 m) of the surface.

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