Alaska pollock landings slow in week 11

Some 40% of Alaska's total pollock quota harvested through the period.

Landings dropped drastically in week 11 of the Alaska pollock 'A' season and were 40 percent less than what they harvested in week 10.

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Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) fishermen landed 33,824 metric tons of Alaska pollock in the week ended April 1, bringing the cumulative total to 538,116 metric tons, 40 percent of the 1.345 million-metric-ton quota.

Most came from the AFA inshore fleet, which landed 22,221 metric tons last week. AFA catcher-processor production is usually not far behind but in week 11, this fleet caught only 9,000 metric tons.

Gulf of Alaska fishermen hauled in 5,694 metric tons that same week to bring its cumulative total to 77,915 metric tons for the season, which started Jan. 20.

This is 40.8 percent of the total Alaska pollock quota of 191,183 metric tons for the Shumagin, Chirikof and Kodiak areas.

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