Sablefish / Black Cod


Sablefish feed on fish, worms and crustaceans. They live over soft ocean bottoms in deep water from the Bering Sea to Isla Cedros, Baja California. These streamlined fish are slate black to a greenish color on the top surface, shading to lighter gray on the belly. They range up to 40 pounds, but average approximately 8 pounds. They are particularly suited for smoking because of their moderately high fat content and rich oily flavor.

Scientific name: Anoplopoma Fimbria

Other Names: Black Cod, Butterfish

Season: All year round depending on the area

Availability: Year Round

Depth of Catch: 80 to 1,000 fathoms (480 to 6,000 feet)

Catch Area: British Columbia, Oregon, Washington, California

How To Store: Whole fish should be buried in ice with the belly cavity full of ice, since this is where deterioration happens most quickly. Adding ice to the belly slows this enzymatic process.

Range of Shelf Life: Three to seven days, depending on the quality of handling the fish has received.