Pollock are found on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean but are more numerous and widespread in European than in American waters. They are fished in many places in their range. Pollock reach sexual maturity between three and eight years of age and can live for at least 20 years and grow at moderate rates.
Most commercially fished populations of Pollock are at medium levels of abundance.
Pollock are caught by a variety of gears but most commonly by bottom trawls, which can severely damage the seafloor. Pollock are well managed throughout their range and there appears to be little bycatch associated with Pollock fisheries.