Pollachius virens occurs on both sides of the North Atlantic. In the western Atlantic, their distribution is centered between Cape Cod and the Strait of Canso, while in the eastern Atlantic they are mainly found around Iceland, in the North Sea, and off the northern coast of Norway (Steele 1963). Specimens have been found as far south as North Carolina (Coles 1926), although their abundance is very low at the southern edge of their range. They are native to much of the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans.
Biogeographic Regions: arctic ocean (Native ); atlantic ocean (Native )
- Coles, R. 1926. Notes on Cape Lookout (North Carolina) fishes - 1925.. Copeia, 151: 105-106.
- Steele, D. 1963. Pollock (Pollachius virens (L.)) in the Bay of Fundy. J. Fish. Res. Board Can., 20: 1267-1314.