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AlaskOmega® Omega-3 FAQ

Where do AlaskOmega™ fish oils come from?

Our AlaskOmega® omega-3 oils are derived from fish harvested from the waters of the Alaskan Bering Sea. Comprising over 775,000 square miles in area, the Bering Sea is one of the world’s most pristine and productive ecosystems for marine life.

 What kind of fish does your AlaskOmega™ fish oil come from?

AlaskOmega® omega-3 oils are sourced from MSC-certified sustainable Wild Alaska Pollock, Scientific Name: Recently changed from Theragra chalcogramma to Gadus chalcogrammus, part of the Cod family.   Our single species sourcing provides our customers the certainty of the fish their oils are derived from, and third party sustainability and traceability certification from the Marine Steweardship Council (MSC) provides an additional level of certainty of the fish species and source.

Is Alaska Pollock a Cod fish?

DNA sequencing has revealed that, despite appearances, Alaska Pollock are closely related to Atlantic Cod. In fact, Alaska Pollock are closer to Atlantic Cod than Pacific Cod are to Atlantic Cod.

Is AlaskOmega™ certified sustainable?

Yes!  AlaskOmega™ Omega-3 oils have been been certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council.  You can view our certificate of sustainability here.  The North Pacific & Bering Sea whitefish fisheries are recognized around the world for their conservative management over the past 30 years. In particular, the Alaskan Pollock, Pacific Whiting, and Pacific Cod fisheries have been certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). US government observers on board the vessels and at the processing plants ensure that strict quotas are adhered to and that bycatch is minimized to eliminate overfishing.

Are AlaskOmega™ fish oils fresh?

Yes! Our AlaskOmega™ fish oils are produced from fresh fish within hours of being caught on board by at-sea catcher-processors, or by local shoreside processors. The company recently reduced the Total Oxidation (TOTOX) limit for all its omega-3 concentrate products to 5 since actual AlaskOmega® values typically range from 0-3, more accurately reflecting its market-leading position for oil freshness.

What is TOTOX?

TOTOX is a measure of both primary and secondary oil oxidation, and it is commonly used by the omega-3 industry as a proxy for oil freshness. The new AlaskOmega® TOTOX limit of 5 is more than a 5 fold reduction from the limit of 26 set by the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3 (GOED) monograph, the current standard for the omega-3 industry.

What is GOED?

GOED is a 501(c)6 not-for profit trade association representing the Omega-3 industry. The organization’s goals are to increase consumption of omega-3s to adequate levels around the world and to ensure that the industry is producing quality omega-3 products that consumers can trust.

For more information on GOED, click here.