Sablefish versus Alaska Black Cod
Sorry if this is a bit mundane but is there any difference between these? Wikipedia implies they are the same but at a local very well known Japanese restaurant this week, the hostess spent time noting how this was sablefish, NOT Alaska black cod. Is this just a marketing thing like Copper River salmon? Is one more sustainable than the other?
great question - not mundane at all
I am in the understanding that sablefish is a fancy menu name for cod and is desirable if sourced in BC
I have eaten it - gently cooked. I don't really like "smoked" flavor so what we had at a restaurant was poached, I believe.
I don't know about its "Oceanwise" status (Vancouver Aquarium) so you'd have to check.
remember that "sable" is French for sand - and cod usually live at lowest level closest to ocean floor, is that right? (that's why they are called "groundfish")
re: Georgia Strait
Ya there are a few names used 'interchangeably' depending on who's selling and who's buying the fish and who is most knowledgeable.....or not.
To really mess things up this is what I think of when someone says "black cod":
(Google Pacific black rock cod photos.) They are basically sea bass.
I used to commercial fish for them. They live around 'pinnacles' not on the ocean floor.
Anytime you see a fish with barbels you are looking at a bottom-feeder.