Russian pollock 'A' season closes with higher catches

Pollock harvest in the Sea of Okhotsk up compared with last year.

Russian authorities stopped pollock and Pacific herring fisheries in the North Okhotsk Sea on April 10, as per the fishery rules, leaving harvesters with higher catches compared with last year.

The closure comes nine days after pollock catching in the combined Kamchatka-Kuril and West Kamchatka subzones ended.

Total pollock catches in the Sea of Okhotsk increased 6.4 percent compared with the 2016 level to 874,600 metric tons, with 81.7 percent of the quota used, Russia’s fishery agency Rosrybolovstvo reported.

In the North Okhotsk Sea, 98 percent of the pollock quota was used.

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Pollock fishing off North Kuril ended the season with 21 percent of the quota taken, while pollock catches in the East Sakhalin subzone took up just 14 percent of the allowed quota.

As of April 12, Russia’s overall pollock harvests in all fishery areas amounted to 946,100 metric tons, up 5.3 percent over this time last year.

According to Rosrybolovstvo, the ports of Primorskiy Krai handled more than 533,000 metric tons of pollock, including more than 100,000 metric tons for delivery to the domestic market.

This is around 10 percent of Russia’s total pollock harvest.

Russian pollock's 'A' season in the Sea of Okhotsk started on Jan.1 with the total allowable catch (TAC) set at 1,070,700 metric tons.

The country’s overall pollock TAC for 2017 is set at 1.89 million metric tons.

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